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Thu Apr 13, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
As a tenant you do have rights. You are under NO obligation to keep your home clean and tidy. Also you do have the right to request showings on specific days and times that are more convenient for you. The realtor has a "Agent Remarks" section in the MLS where agents post private information that is not shown to the public. Examples: no showings allowed from 1 - 3:00 because baby takes a nap; no showings from 6 - 7:00 because family has dinner; no showings on Wed. and Friday because tenant's apartment is not available for viewing.

Speak with your landlord and request blocks of time that you do not want showings. Do not make it too restrictive. Most buyers will want to view your home after work and on weekends, so bear this in mind. Make sure your landlord tells the realtor.

As for whether the home is overpriced or not, do NOT use Zillow or Trulia to give accurate values. You need to understand that these websites rely heavily on public information provided by your county. Websites do not count many things that are taken into account by realtors, buyers and appraisers. You can easily go into any brokerage office and ask one of the agents on duty to look up the home in the MLS and judge from looking at the pictures if they think it's overpriced and by how much. You can try calling an agent but they may refuse to talk to you because you're not the owner. If you go in person, you may have a better chance.
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Fri Mar 31, 2017
Bhumphreycpa asked:
I may have forgotten my login but honestly can't figure out what it is. Certainly not my email address. anyway I need to take the house down because it's been rented and I'm…
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Mon Jan 5, 2015
Gerald Vonberger answered:
I'm not sure you need to worry too much about pest control before you build. Usually pests come because they're looking for a new place to live, like your new house. A quick inspection should be enough to see if there are any pre-existing pest problems on the lot. However, after you build, it's smart to get inspections done and things to make sure that there are no pest problems. It's a good idea to regularly check your home for pests before the pest problem gets too big to handle. http://www.greenleafpest.com ... more
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Thu Jul 31, 2014
Kevin Chard answered:
Hello Denise, I'm working with an owner on selling her rental in Old Town, we may be going to market soon. I'm assuming your client is active immediately?
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Wed Nov 20, 2013
Suz A answered:
Hello Joe,
This is what I'm talking about. Great exchange here. Thanks for consulting the Trulia community with your questions.

Evie Cohen is right. Public records can be erroneous. (This is something we often lecture Zillow on.) If you have not selected an agent, you might want to talk with several and obtain a market analysis from each.

Your relationship with your bank can help you in times like these. Talk with a loan officer who can lay out your options. Best of luck.

Suz
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Fri Oct 11, 2013
Kevin Chard answered:
Hello Judy,
We don't rent trailers, we do manage over 150 single family homes, condo's and townhome properties from Denver to Longmont and the Front Range. Please check into our website weekly to see if we have any availability to property that may be of interest to you at http://www.phoenixrealtyinc.com/homes-for-rent. Best of luck to you in your search! ... more
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Fri Aug 23, 2013
Meredith Mitchell answered:
Indian Peaks in Lafayette is selling quickly and needs more inventory. I live in the neighborhood and have sold many in the area. If you know of anyone on the fence about selling, now is the time! ... more
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Mon Mar 25, 2013
Ron Rovtar answered:
Hi Judy:

There are a number of good websites that provide info about rentals. You can find some of the best at the web reference below. But, do be careful. There are scams on these sites. Do not trust anything that sounds sketchy. Do not send money to someone you have not met or who has not shown you a property. Do not go to see a property alone. Trust your instincts, but be careful even when things sound okay.

Kind regards,
Ron Rovtar
Front Range Real Estate, Ltd.
Prudential Real Estate of the Rockies
303.981.1617
ron@rovtar.com
http://www.rovtar.com
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Fri Feb 15, 2013
Ron Rovtar answered:
According to information supplied by the Boulder Area Realtor Association, there were 72 traditional MLS sales of homes in Lafayette during the last quarter of 2012, compared to 56 during the same period in 2011. This was an increase of 28.6 percent. Average house prices jumped 5.2 percent to $395,013 and the median jumped 2.6 percent to $371,866. Average Days to Contract fell from 96 in Q4 2011 to just 38 during the same period in 2012. In general there currently exists an inventory shortage throughout Boulder County, including Lafayette, making this a good time to sell but a difficult time for buyers.

Kind regards,
Ron Rovtar
Front Range Real Estate, Ltd.
Prudential Real Estate of the Rockies
303.981.1617
info@rovtar.com
http://www.rovtar.com
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Tue Aug 14, 2012
Suz A answered:
Prospective residents of the Josephine Commons complex got a first look this week. The 74-unit complex opens on Aug. 27, the Boulder Daily Camera reported today. The senior center buildings in east Lafayette are sponsored by the Boulder County Housing Authority.

Phase I construction of the complex and two duplexes came together on schedule. Arvada's Millender White Construction is the general contractor. Finishing touches are being done on the Commons that will have geothermal heat and cooling as well as solar panels. How cool is that?
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Wed Jun 20, 2012
Ron Rovtar answered:
I like to see the walkthrough scheduled just before closing, partly because damage to the property can occur at any time. There also is the possibility that the sellers may not be out of the home a day early (or earlier) even if they have planned to be out. Moving is a big task and delays often happen.

The closing process is often hectic. There can be issues right up to the delivery of the deed. The lender may suddenly need more information before releasing the mortgage money, the seller may have trouble getting the last few boxes on the truck, you may find a problem (big or small) during the walkthrough. It always is a tense time. Though no one can guarantee against delays, this is a good time to trust your agent, the seller's agent and the closing company to do their best to get all wrinkles ironed out.

Kind regards,
Ron Rovtar
Prudential Real Estate of the Rockies
303.981.1617
info@rovtar.com
http://www.rovtar.com
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Thu Feb 23, 2012
Suz A answered:
It would be putting it mildly to say many in Colorado feel that regulation has not caught up with the industry on fracking. I'm not exactly neutral on this issue. Erie's air is my air over here in Longmont, too.

Residents of Boulder County have not been silent on these issues. Moratoriums have quickly followed reports of high levels of pollutants. This won't be the end of it. Energy companies have filed a number of permits. Conoco-Phillips and others are seeking to expand drilling in the state, and are moving south.

The state has been active. I'm sure we'll be reading more about this.

Erie is tiny, but it has been known to roar. In the early 1980s, a group of homeowners drove off Union Pacific, a landowner that wanted to strip mine coal there. Activism is effective.

Boulder County residents are vigilant. Only in recent months has fracking become more visible in media. But reports on fracking have been steadily appearing in weekly publications and on the Internet. People are watching. Residents have been delivering hand bills and posting web sites to make sure others know.

Expect to see more developments on this front.
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Mon Jan 23, 2012
Ron Rovtar answered:
Hi Susanne:

This is an old post, but I thought I would chime in anyway because a lot of people ask this question. Unfortunately, even if money is your only concern in the transaction, it is the wrong question. What sellers should ask is: "How do I walk away from closing with the most money?" "What buyers should ask is: "How do I spend as little money as possible in the long run?' Your question, Susanne, implies that all non-commission seller proceeds or buyer costs will be the same whether you use an agent or not.

Sometimes this is the case, especially when one hires an licensee who does not work very hard for clients. However. some real estate professionals do a lot of work helping sellers and buyers get the best prices and helping the clients head off costly issues that could develop down the road. Before hiring any professional it is fair to ask the what he or she will do in this regard, then judge for yourself.

Let me give you a simple example. Suppose you are a buyer who finds a house listed by a licensee who is contractually obligated to act as the seller's agent. In Colorado, that makes you a customer. You are on your own –– no representation. The seller's agent is BY LAW and BY CONTRACT obligated to do the best possible job for the seller. Beyond complying with disclosure laws and other legal requirements the agent has no obligation to help you. Given these restraints, do you think this agent will help you negotiate the best price? Will he or she help you uncover information to determine if the sellers might accept a lower offer? Will the agent mention that a better house is available at a lower price on the next block?

The point is that there are many opportunities for good agent to save you a lot of money by simply doing his/her job –– often more money than the commission you pay.

Kind regards,
Ron Rovtar
Prudential Real Estate of the Rockies
Days: 303.981.1617
Evenings: 303.473.1926
ron@rovtar.com
http://www.rovtar.com
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Wed Oct 5, 2011
Suz A answered:
Hello Ted,
Can we know what you decided was the course you chose. We will appreciate your response.

Best,
SuZ
PML
of Longmont, CO
720 810 0683
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Tue Sep 6, 2011
Ron Rovtar answered:
Hi Kamal and everyone else:

It has been a long time since you asked this question, but it might be interesting for others like you to know that there is a real shortage of rental properties in Boulder County at all price levels. If you are considering renting, this could be a good time. Generally we are seeing people do it themselves with a good deal of success.

Kind regards,
Ron Rovtar
Prudential Real Estate of the Rockies
Days: 303.981.1617
Evenings: 303.473.1926
ron@rovtar.com
http://www.rovtar.com
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Mon Feb 28, 2011
The Stephen FitzMaurice Team answered:
If you find the prices are too high to bring in rented furniture, sometimes stagers will consult you on how to use what you currently have - for a couple hundred bucks.
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Tue Sep 25, 2007
Emily Erekuff answered:
Hi Jack,

I'm sorry this took us so long to correct. You can now find your listing on Trulia if you access the link below.

Best Wishes,

Emily Gibson
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