TIPS FOR FLIPPERS

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What to fix:

There are some must-fix items you should consider as soon as you step into your house. Hire an inspector to assess any structural or plumbing and electrical problems first. Then address the cosmetic issues.

  1. Hardware: Replace doorknobs, drawer pulls, and cabinet knobs.
  2. Light fixtures: If they look outdated, get rid of them and go with something fresh.
  3. Heat/air: Install new furnace or central air conditioning, if needed.
  4. Kitchen: Put in new appliances, countertops and sink; add a dishwasher if there isn’t one.
  5. Bathroom: Install new toilet, vanity, tub/shower, tile, and flooring.
  6. Walls: Remove outdated wallpaper and paint neutral colors. Flat beige walls, flat white ceilings, semi-gloss white trim.
  7. Flooring: Don’t try to shampoo disgusting carpet. Replace with new carpet, laminate, or hardwood, depending on your budget.
  8. Outdoor/landscaping: Make driveway or garage improvements, add a patio or deck, re-sod yard, and put in new plants.

Lessons learned:

Estimate each line-item in your budget high. Add a line-item for contingency of an additional 20% of the total.

Shop around for contractors. Schedule them properly to avoid downtime, while you are paying your mortgage and nothing is getting done.

How to Prepare Your “Home For Sale”

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What more could you want than to get your home sold for top dollar in short order without any hassles? If you take a moment and read through the following suggestions before you put your property on the market, you will be on your way to a successful sale.

 

Drive-up Appeal

Trim trees and shrubs, clean out flower beds and invest in a few flats of colorful flowers, paint the front door, make sure doorbell is working properly, wash the mailbox, keep the porch swept and get an attractive mat for people to wipe their feet.

 

Absolute Basics

  • §  Start by airing out the home. Most people are turned off by even the smallest odor. Odors must be eliminated, especially if you have dogs, cats or young children in diapers or if you are a smoker.
  • §  Wash all the windows in the house, inside and out.
  • §  If it has been over a year since the carpets have been cleaned, now is the time to do it. Bare floors should also be waxed or polished.
  • §  Put bright light bulbs in every socket made for a bulb. Buyers like bright and cheery homes.
  • §  Clean out closets, cabinets and drawers. Closets should look as if they have enough room to hold additional items. Get everything off the floor and don’t have the shelves piled to the ceiling.
  • §  Make sure there is not too much furniture in a room. Select pieces that look best, and put others in the garage or storage.
  • §  Go over the kitchen like a health inspector. Clean the oven, range (new drip pans) and the seal of the dishwasher door.
  • §  Bathtubs, showers and sinks should be freshly caulked. The grout should be clean and in good condition. There should be no leaks in the faucets or traps.

 

A Few Unrelated Suggestions

  • §  If you have limited counter space in the kitchen, keep unnecessary items put away.
  • §  Keep children’s toys out of the front yard, sidewalks and front porch.
  • §  Recognize the difference between decorator touches and clutter or sterility.
  • §  Clean the ashes out of the fireplace.
  • §  Make sure that the pull-down staircase is working correctly. Be sure there is a light in the attic.
  • §  The pool needs to be sparkling and free of leaves.

 

For those Willing To Go the Extra Mile

  • §  There are some things you can do that will add flair to your home. If your home is the least bit dated, you may want to replace wallpaper in the entry, kitchen and bathrooms and consider replacing outdated light fixtures.
  • §  Fresh paint on interior and/or exterior where needed.
  • §  New appliances in the kitchen can be an exciting feature that can actually make the difference in a buyer choosing your home over another.

 

Showing Your Home

  • §  When you leave the house in the morning or during the day, leave it as if you know it is going to be shown.
  • §  Turn off the radio or television. Leave soft music playing.
  • §  Keep pets out of the way—preferably out of the house. Many people are acutely uncomfortable around some animals and may even be allergic to them.
  • §  Leave your premises. Take a short break while your home is being shown. Buyers are intimidated when sellers are present and tend to hurry through the house. Let the buyer be at ease, and let the agents do their job.

 

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

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Lung cancer is a devastatingly painful disease that affects numerous Americans each year.  With 228,190 new cases yearly, lung cancer has become the leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States.  To create awareness and prevention the month of November has been dedicated to lung cancer education.  King Real Estate Group has dedicated this blog to cancer education, and community outreach efforts for you to get involved.

10 Facts you didn’t know about Lung Cancer

1. Workers exposed to asbestos have a greater chance of getting lung cancer than cigarette smokers.

2. According to the American Cancer Society 159,480 deaths are caused from lung cancer every year.

3. In 1987 lung cancer surpassed breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths for woman.

4. Non-smokers exposed to second hand smoke have a 20% to 30% higher chance of developing lung cancer.

5. Lung Cancer Awareness Month began in 1995 as Lung Cancer Awareness Day.

6. The chances of developing lung cancer are about 1 in 13 for men and 1 in 16 for woman.

7. 85% of lung cancer is non- small cell lung cancer.

8. Stopping a smoking habit prior to cancer develops, allows your body to steadily repair damaged tissue.  This often prolongs or prevents lung cancer from developing.

9. Living a healthy smoke free lifestyle is the best way to prevent lung cancer.

10. Radon is a radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer.  Radon is odorless, colorless, and can be found in rock, soil, air, and underground water in different levels.  This harmful gas can also be present in your home, to reduce your exposure have your home tested.

 

How to get involved:

All month long the Lung Cancer Alliance is hosting events all over the country in support of Lung Cancer Awareness.  To get involved or make a donation visit their website.

For the month of November, The American Lung Association is encouraging you to share your stories with others.  What better way to empower and educate others, by sharing your struggles, and triumphs of battling lung cancer.  To share and learn about others stories go to: www.mylungcancersupport.org.

How Denver is celebrating Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Denver kicked off Lung Cancer Awareness Month early this year with the 4th Annual Lung Cancer 5K run/walk.  The National Lung Cancer Partnership held the 5k on October 6 and will be fundraising until November 20th.  If you would like to make a donation please visit their website:  Make a Donation.  

This November 14th Join the Lung Cancer Alliance for their 5th Annual Shine a light on Lung Cancer Vigil.  The event will be held at the Mi Casa Recourse Center at 6:30.  For more information, check out their websiteuntitled

 

We at King Real Estate Group pride ourselves on providing clients with knowledgeable,  personalized, and innovative real estate services.

Sources:

American Lung Association http://www.lung.org/

American Cancer Society http://www.cancer.org/cancer/lungcancer-non-smallcell/moreinformation/lungcancerpreventionandearlydetection/lung-cancer-prevention-and-early-detection-prevention

Lung Cancer Alliance http://www.lungcanceralliance.org/

10 Commandments Home Buyers Must Follow

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10 Commandments you MUST follow!

These 10 Commandments home buyers must follow may seem like common sense to many. Buyers, however, can sometimes forget with all the excitement surrounding the buying of their new home. In the past couple of weeks, I have heard of two separate buyers who saw their home loan turned down and their dream shattered a few days before closing because they had bought furniture for their new home before it actually became their home. Both of them now have beautiful furniture with no home to put them in.

I always stress that once a buyer gets pre-approved and the process is started, they can’t do anything that might affect their credit.

  1. Thou shalt not change jobs, become self-employed or quit your job.
  2. Thou shalt not buy a car, truck or van (or you may be living in it)!
  3. Thou shalt not use credit cards excessively or let your accounts fall behind.
  4. Thou shalt not spend money you have set aside for closing.
  5. Thou shalt not omit debts or liabilities from your loan application.
  6. Thou shalt not buy furniture.
  7. Thou shalt not originate any inquiries into your credit.
  8. Thou shalt not make large deposits without first checking with your loan officer.
  9. Thou shalt not change bank accounts.
  10. Thou shalt not co-sign a loan for anyone.

If you are in the process of buying a home, remember that your credit must not change or be affected in any way until you actually sign the paperwork and get possession of your new home. Lenders will not only look into your credit when you first get pre-approved, they will check it again (and sometimes again and again) before they let you sign the mortgage. If you want to buy new furniture for your home or change jobs, just be patient. There will always be time to do it after the closing.

Finding Your Ideal Neighborhood

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If you’re in the market for a home this year, look beyond its’ four walls and directly at your neighbors. Thoroughly check out a prospective neighborhood before plunking down hundreds of thousands of your hard-earned dollars. If you want to get the real dirt on your neighborhood, you’re going to have to do some digging. So dust off your trench coat and dark glasses, and get ready to go on a sleuthing expedition.

1. Contact the community association for the neighborhood you are considering. Often, it publishes newsletters, holds meetings, or sponsors community activities, all of which hold potentially useful bits of information about your neighborhood.

2. Subscribe to the local paper or call and ask for a sample of back issues.

3. Locate the community hang-outs. Is there a neighborhood pool or community center? If so, try and visit so you can get a sense of who lives in the area and whether there is a strong community feel.

4. Look for sidewalks. For some, living in a part of the neighborhood with no sidewalks means many things: not as many walks (and therefore don’t meet and greet the neighbors), young kids have fewer safe places to ride their bikes, and it seems to prevent other folks from walking much, too.

5. Visit the neighborhood at different times of the day and at least once on a weekend rather than a weekday. Are most of the folks working out of the home? Is the neighborhood composed of retirees? Are there loads of school-aged children? Are there many young mothers with babies and toddlers?

6. Study a map of your neighborhood to see the proximity of parks, libraries, the nearest hospital, and other amenities. Likewise, try driving different routes to the home so you can see the good, the bad, and the ugly in the surrounding area.

7. Arrange a visit to the school your children would attend, check out the school’s test scores, and find out how many veteran teachers are on staff.

8. Talk to the neighbors and ask them very specific questions. For example, you may want to ask about their perceptions of crime, location, noise, traffic, and community feeling. Is the neighborhood changing? If so, how?

9. Head down to city hall to check on issues with zoning or find out about any projects in the works. You should be able to find out if there are any major road or construction projects planned for the next few years.

10. Pump your real estate agent for information. How long do homes in this area stay on the market? What’s their resale potential?

11. Check your town or city’s website for real estate tax assessment information. By looking at our local real estate tax office website, I can see the value of the assessment, how much of that total is land versus the structure, how the assessor rated the structure’s condition, and recent home sales in the area.

12. Head to the nearest police station to ask for crime rate information. Be sure to ask about the typical response time for emergencies.

13. Check the national registry for sex offenders. Once you’ve gathered as much information as you can, review it. Does the neighborhood seem to meet your needs? Did you find any information that’s a deal breaker? Can you picture yourself living here happily? Be as picky as you can afford to be; no returns or exchanges are offered on neighborhoods.

“9 Critical Steps” to take when selling your home!

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Selling your Colorado home takes a lot more than adding it to the MLS listings and putting a sign in the front yard.  There are nine critical areas that must be addressed to ensure that you get the best results when selling your home.  Here are the “9 critical Steps” that I do for my Selling clients to save them time,  potential hassle – and to ensure that their homes sell quickly , and for top value!

 

1.         COMMUNICATION

  • -Education – It is important to remain educated and up-to-date on listing and current market conditions in your area. That is why I suggest you stay connected to our auto- feed and receive all weekly and monthly blogs about market conditions and home sales.
  • -Keeping You Informed – Provide updates on all activity regarding your home: agent showings, open house attendance, and agent tours and sign inquiries.

2.         PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR SALE

  • -Home Preparation – Suggest constructive changes to your home to make it more appealing, and a sale more likely, to interested buyers.
  • -Home Staging – Present you with professional advice on presenting your home to show exceptionally well, and sell for the highest possible value.

3.         PROMOTING YOUR HOME TO REAL ESTATE AGENTS

  • -MLS Exposure – Submit your home listing for exposure to over 15,000 active agents in the Colorado Front Range Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.
  • -Agent Tours – Place your home on the weekly schedule for preview by agents specifically interested in property in your area with motivated buyers.
  • -Personal Promotion to Agents – Create a custom publicity E-flyer about your home for personal distribution to each active agent in the community.
  • -Exposure to the Real Estate Board and Point 2 Agents- Promote your home by distributing flyers, brochures, and making personal announcements at real estate board meetings. Currently we have handshake agreements with over 400 Colorado agents to promote your home. Agents are added daily.

4.         PROMOTING YOUR HOME ON THE INTERNET

  • -We will design and build a “Personalized Custom Property Web Site” just for your property. You will be able to email it to your friends and family and we will provide access to the site on the MLS, Zillow and hundreds of other internet sites.
  • -We are “Premier Zillow Agents” making your home a featured home on Zillow.com. Once you list with us your home is a featured home on Zillow for the millions of buyers looking for their perfect home.
  • -Internet Exposure on Google – Generate no less than 500 page viewings per month on our website through Google search engine featuring your property.
  • -Internet Exposure on Yahoo – Generate at least 500 website page views through the search engine Yahoo, using the sponsored search program each month.
  • -Virtual Home Tour – Prepare a professional virtual home tour and selling feature presentation for your home so that buyers can experience the uniqueness of your home 24 hours a day.  We will have quality material with which to market your home.

5.         PROMOTING YOUR HOME IN YOUR LOCAL AREA

  • -Neighborhood Promotion – Send a personalized letter to residents in your neighborhood promoting the features and lifestyle benefits of your home.
  • -Toll-Free Telephone Promotion – Include your property in the PROQUEST 800# Marketing Program so that prospective buyers can listen 24 hours a day about the virtues of your home.
  • -Target Market Promotion – Promote your home in the industry specific Newsletter “Your Home Club” that is mailed twice a month to more than 1000 prospects in your market area.

6.         ADVERTISING YOUR HOME

  • -Print Advertising – To promote your home as part of the Real Estate Book.  This publication has country-wide circulation with millions of readers, and, it is available online.
  • -Local Advertising – Advertise your property in local community newspapers with targeted circulation.
  • -Custom Home Descriptions – Create a custom flyer of features and lifestyle benefits of your home for use by cooperating agents showing your home.

7.         SHOWING YOUR HOME

  • -Centralized Showing Service – Automated showing service allowing for only approved / verified and vetted real estate agents with their clients gain access to your property.
  • -Custom Listing Book – Create a custom “listing book” to be placed in your home for buyers to reference home features, lot, utility, and tax information, neighborhood benefits, schools, shopping, medical, and other buyer benefits.
  • -Easy Access for Showings – Enhance convenience of buyer viewing by placing home on a lock box.
  • -Open House Promotions – Promote your home to the public through Open Houses, at your convenience.
  • -Professional Signs – Maximize showing exposure through professional signage.

8.         MANAGING HOME BUYER “LEADS”

  • -Tracking Interest – Track all home showing agents and public using special sign-in sheets.
  • -Potential Buyer Motivation – Follow-up on all agents who have shown your home to answer questions, and further motivate buyer interest.

9.         MANAGING THE TRANSACTION

  • -Potential Buyer Evaluation – Ensure that any offers from buyers are pre-qualified and capable of closing on the purchase.
  • -Negotiations – Represent you in contract negotiations with buyers to help generate the highest selling price for the home.
  • -Managing the Closing – Coordinate escrow, financing, and closing activities on your behalf to ensure a smooth, hassle-free closing.

 

Relocating to Denver? Don’t stress! We got you covered!

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King Real Estate group understands that moving is an adjustment, and we are here to assist you in every step of the way.  Moving in general can be stressful but relocating to a new city can be very difficult.  For our clients that have recently relocated to Denver this blog is dedicated to you! We created a list of family fun activities, resources, and some of our favorite things to do in Denver.

Relocating to a new city means adjusting your entire routine, finding a new doctor, dentist, or vet, and selecting child care that fits your families needs.  We have put together a list of resources to make your transition as easy as possible.

Resources:

University of Colorado Hospital– Provides primary care practitioners and a wide range of specialist.

Little Britches Nanny Agency–  Provides highly trained nannies that have at least 3 years of childcare experience, and are CPR and First Aid certified.   Services they offer include full-time, part-time, and temporary nannies. http://www.littlebritchesnannyagency.com/

VCA Animal Hospitals– Offers great pet care services.  They have a few locations in Denver making them very accessible.

9770 E Alameda Ave Denver, CO (303) 366-2639

9801 E Iliff Ave Denver, CO (303) 751-4954

1038 E 6th Ave Denver, CO (303) 733-2226

So your new to Denver and need something fun to do?  Denver is said to have over 100 local attractions to engage residents and tourists.  This includes attending a local sports event, hitting up the local amusement park Elitch Gardens, or checking out one of the many museums.

Family Fun 

The Denver Zoo is a place the entire family can enjoy.  They offer one of the largest elephant exhibits in the country.  For more information check out their website: http://www.denverzoo.org/

Denver Museum of Nature Science is a great place to bring the kids during school breaks and weekends.  For more info: http://www.dmns.org/

Miners Maze and Adventure Blast has everything imaginable to keep your kids entertained.  Check out their website for family fun: http://minersmazeadventureland.com/

Some of our Local Favorites

Sushi is my all-time favorite food and when I get a craving this is the place I go: http://sushiden.net/

My favorite place to be for Monday night football is downtown Denver at the Tavern.  This sports bar offers a fun night life during Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights and is one of the best places to catch a game.  Check out their Happy Hour deals: http://www.tavernhg.com/ .

We at King Real Estate Group pride ourselves on providing  clients with knowledgeable, personalized, and innovative real estate services.  For more information check out our website http://www.kingrealestate.net/ .

 

What’s going on in Denver?

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Today’s Blog is dedicated to letting you know what’s going on in your local community, real estate, and healthy snack ideas.  Enjoy!

LOCAL EVENTS

September 27th-October 6th   

For fun, good food, live music, and of course beer check out Oktoberfest Denver.  For more information check out the event website:   http://thedenveroktoberfest.com/#!

HEALTHY LIVING

Annie’s Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon chips from allrecipes.com  has been my favorite recipe lately.  This light healthy snack is delicious and easy to make.   This is the perfect snack for a barbeque, party, or meeting.  Here is a list of Ingredients you will need:

  • 2 kiwis, peeled and diced
  • 2 apples- peeled, cored and diced
  • 8 ounces of raspberries
  • 1 pound strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fruit preserves, any flavor
  • 10 (10inch) flour tortillas
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon

Directions

  1. In      a large bowl, thoroughly mix kiwis, Golden Delicious apples, raspberries,      strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar and fruit preserves. Cover and      chill in the refrigerator at least 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat      oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. Coat      one side of each flour tortilla with butter flavored cooking spray. Cut      into wedges and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet.      Sprinkle wedges with desired amount of cinnamon sugar. Spray again with      cooking spray.
  4. Bake      in the preheated oven 8 to 10 minutes. Repeat with any remaining tortilla      wedges. Allow to cool approximately 15 minutes. Serve with chilled fruit      mixture.
  1. I have been in the real estate business for 15 years and found my passion is serving the senior community, making your transition into the next phase of your life as happy and simple as it can be.

REAL ESTATE

King Real Estate Group, LLC offers their clients professional, knowledgeable, real estate services.   For more information visit our website at:  http://www.kingrealestate.net/ .

5 Tips to Expedite the Sell of your Home

5 Tips to Expedite the Sell of your Home

  1. Setting the price of your home– To insure you get top dollar for your property take a look at recent home sales in your neighborhood, this will keep you from pricing to high or low.  It is also a good idea to have your house appraised prior to placing it on the market.
  2. Deciding on an agent– It is important to establish what you are looking for in an agent when selling your home.  It is best to be with someone who tailors a plan dedicated to your family’s unique situation and needs.  Meet with a couple agents and pick the one who best meets your requirements.
  3. Curb Appeal- It is said that “you only get one chance to make a first impression”. This defiantly applies to the sale of your home. Making sure the exterior of your house is appealable to possible buyers is very important and can be a deal breaker.Tips:
    • -Plant a flowerbed
    • -Make sure lawn is well kept and mowed
    • -Paint your front door
  4.  No longer your home– When an interested home buyer is viewing your house they want to be able to picture it as their own.  This means de-personalizing your house by removing family photos, keepsakes, and unnecessary knick knacks.
  5. Know when to upgrade- Don’t waste your time and money on costly home repairs and upgrades.  Determine what upgrades will expedite the sale of your home.   The kitchen is one of the most important selling components of any home and can be a major deal breaker if it is not up to expectations.

DENVER SEES A RISE IN THE HOUSING MARKET

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The Denver real estate market is heading into fall very strong.  A reported 2,500 homes came to the market this past summer.  The market is moving towards equilibrium of homes being bought and sold boosting local economy.  But with a boost in the market we are also seeing a rise in housing prices.  According to the Metrolist the average price of a Denver Metro home was $310,000.

The Denver Post reported in August that there was a 43% decrease in foreclosures from July, causing sales from discounted property to diminish.

If you are interested in selling your current house or need help finding your dream home contact King Real Estate Group. King Real Estate Group offers their clients professional, knowledgeable, and innovative real estate services.   For more information about real estate trends visit our website at:  KingRealEstateGroup  .