Category Archives: Current in Boulder

Happiest City in the US

Boulder, Colorado The Happiest City in The US National Geographic Society The winner: Boulder, Colorado. Bolstered by a sense of community, access to nature, sustainable urban development and preservation policies, and perhaps even that clean mountain air, Boulderites overwhelmingly feel “active and productive every day,” according to Buettner’s research. Per capita, more people walk to…
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Why are we HAPPY in Boulder?

[mp_row] [mp_span col="12"] Happy in Boulder! What does "balance" have to do with happiness? By Arn Rasker Defining Happiness is a tricky subject.   Possibly because the term is generally a subjective one to start with.  But, somehow, those of us that live in Boulder have the privilege of living in what magazines have described…
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Making the Most of a Small Home’s Storage

Story Idea – Making the Most of a Small Home’s Storage When it comes to small houses, every square inch of space is valuable and there are plenty of underused nooks and crannies that, with a little creativity, can be transformed into useful storage spaces. For example, installing pullout drawers under stairs can add…
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Selling a Home? Consider Staging!

Story Idea – Selling a Home? Consider Staging! Most home sellers know the importance of keeping their house clean and clutter free while it is on the market, but sometimes, taking a few extra steps can make all the difference. That is where staging comes in. According to a report from the National Association…
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Canadian Home Buyers Investing in U.S. Real Estate

  Canadian Home Buyers Investing in U.S. Real Estate According to a recent report from the National Association of REALTORS®, a considerable rise in sales dollar volume from Canadian home buyers caused foreign investment in U.S. real estate to increase in 2016. Even though China was in the top spot for sales volumes for the…
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Common Mistakes Homeowners Make With Good Intentions

New homeowners always have the best intentions when it comes to taking care of their house. However, no one is knows all the ins and outs of maintaining a home right off the bat, so avoidable mistakes are often made in the beginning. In an attempt to protect new countertops, many owners will apply…
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Creating a Home's First Impression

Curb appeal is a home’s first impression, and the first chance to impress potential buyers. Whether buyers are amazed by a beautiful and immaculate yard or turned off by dirty exterior walls and an overgrown lawn can meaningfully affect the speed and price at which a home sells. Improving a home’s curb appeal can…
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The Importance of Lawn Care

Taking care of a home’s landscape in the summer heat can be a daunting task for many homeowners. However, if a homeowner is looking to sell his or her home in the warmer months, maintaining or creating a beautiful lawn can mean selling a home faster and for more money. According to the National…
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Regulations Burden Appraisers

According to research from the National Association of REALTORS®, issues related to excessive regulation are creating problems with satisfaction and recruitment in the real estate appraisal field. In fact, nearly 75 percent of appraisers surveyed by NAR named frustration with excessive regulation as a reason for potentially leaving the field. Regulations have also served…
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Landscaping Mistakes Made by New Homeowners

For many, homeownership means having a yard. Having an outdoor space and landscape to tend to is a dream come true for many previous apartment dwellers. However, for someone who has never had to care for a yard before, it can be easy to make costly mistakes. Overusing fertilizer is one of the most…
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National Flood Insurance Program Expires Soon. What it Means for Homeowners

On September 30, less than six months from now, the National Flood Insurance Program will expire. The National Association of REALTORS® is working closely with federal regulators and members of Congress to strengthen the program and clear the way for a private market to take hold, but REALTORS® warn the program’s September 30 reauthorization…
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Should a Homeowner Take the Lowest Bid for a Remodel?

How does a homeowner know when to spend a lot of money on a home project versus when it is all right to go a cheaper route? When taking bids for a renovation project, it can be tempting to take the lowest offer, but if the highest bid comes in at $75,000 and the…
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Home Is for the Entire Family, Including the Furry Members

Families come in all shapes and sizes and with all different kinds of members, and for those that include a pet, finding a place to call home comes with a few more considerations. According to a new report from the National Association of REALTORS®, 81 percent of Americans take their pets into consideration when…
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FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium Cut Is Reversed

In one of his first acts, President Donald Trump reversed a quarter point decrease in the Federal Housing Administration mortgage insurance premium. The reduction in premiums would have decreased monthly payments for thousands of new, low- and moderate-income borrowers. NAR President William E. Brown released this statement in response to the reversal: “According to…
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Renters Believe They Need More Money than Necessary to Buy a Home

According to NAR’s Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 87 percent of non-homeowners believe they need a down payment of 10 percent or more to buy a home. However, the same report shows that the median down payment for first-time buyers has been 6 percent for the last three years. This means renters who…
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Filing Taxes as a New Homeowner

For many new homeowners the year they buy their own home will also be the first year they do not take the standard deduction when doing their taxes. It can be confusing to know what is eligible for itemization and what is not. Most homeowners will end up itemizing their loan costs and fees,…
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Arn Rasker: Your Professional Realtor in Boulder

Find a great realtor in Boulder. Finding the best Realtor in Boulder for YOU! Your first step towards finding a new home, or selling your home, in Boulder. Boulder is generally still a SELLER’s MARKET, with a short inventory supply (A supply that averages less than 60 days on the market), in the sub-$1.5M market.…
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Wedding Planner in Boulder

Buying a home is more like a wedding planning process than a sales process!   by Arn Rasker As your REALTOR, my role in the overall experience of buying a home is closer to the role of a wedding planner than to the role of a typical salesman.  Actually the role I play, as your…
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Colorado ski areas

Prices at nearly all Colorado ski resorts vary based upon time of year and peak season. Various lift-ticket discounts are also available for many ski mountains, so check around before your next outing, and contact the resorts directly for pricing and specials.  Check into season-pass pricing if you are planning to ski five or more…
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The secret’s out

The Parkway Cafe claims to be the best-kept secret in Boulder, but a packed parking lot on a Friday afternoon belies the statement. Maybe part of the secret lies in the location; tucked away in east Boulder’s collection of warehouse businesses, between auto body shops, tow yards and car dealerships, Parkway has been dishing…
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Is Now a Good Time to Sell?

Story Idea – Is now a good time to sell? According to data from the National Association of REALTORS®, 62 percent of people believe that now is a good to time sell a home and that number goes up to 69 percent when looking specifically at the West Coast. However, whether or not it…
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What Do Rising Interest Rates Mean for Consumers?

Story Idea – What do rising interest rates mean for consumers?     Mortgage rates are currently sitting at their highest level in two years, with 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaging 4.32 percent and 15-year mortgages averaging 3.55 percent. Rising mortgage rates continue to be a concern when it comes to home sales and affordability; however,…
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Preparing Homes for Extreme Weather

Story Idea – Preparing homes for extreme weather     Preparing for typical winter weather can be hard for homeowners, but dealing with dangerous winter conditions, such as blizzards or extreme cold, can be overwhelming. The key to surviving extreme weather is preparation. Homeowners should trim tree branches to prevent roof damage; roof tiles,…
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What does Retire in Boulder mean?

What does “Retire in Boulder” mean? Let’s start by throwing out the typical definition of retirement, which usually is centered around the end of a career. And since we are not associating it with the end of a career, we can also dissociate the concept from age stereotypes. “Retiring” to Boulder is really more about…
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The Importance of Technology in Selling Your Home

Changing and improving technology influences nearly every aspect of our lives, so it makes sense that it also affects the way homeowners and their agents market and sell homes. So what are the tools consumers and their agents should be using when trying to sell their home? According to the National Association of REALTORS®,…
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Declutter Your Home

Why do some people think organizing their home is for a must-do only in the spring? With the holiday season approaching, people across the country are preparing their homes for visiting family, holiday parties and cold weather hibernation. All of this makes fall the perfect time to declutter and organize one’s home.    The…
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Deciding which outdoor remodeling project should you take on?

When considering a remodeling project, most homeowners think of renovating their kitchen or redoing a bathroom, but maybe they should be looking to the outdoors for an upgrade. According to research by the National Association of REALTORS® outdoor remodeling projects not only add value to a house on resale, they also increase the amount…
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How Much Do You Really Need for a Downpayment?

When someone is in the process of buying a home, how much money do they need to put up as a down payment? According to research from the National Association of REALTORS® consumers across all income brackets, education levels and ages believe that 20 percent of the cost of the home is needed for…
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Where Do Downpayments Come From?

The National Association of REALTORS® reported that the median downpayment for all homebuyers is 10 percent. With the most recent median existing-home price reported at $232,200 in October, that comes to a $23,220 downpayment. So where are buyers finding the money for this purchase? According to NAR’s 2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers,…
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Can You Do it Yourself?

Being a homeowner means that your home is yours – even the things that need fixing. Is a faucet leaking? Are floor boards squeaky? Is a light-switch not working? Those issues are all yours to tackle. But what projects can you do yourself and what ones require the help of a trained professional? Taking on…
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