Durango's best condominium communities

As Durango's exclusive buyers' agent, I meet a lot of buyers who want to know which areas in La Plata County to avoid. Thankfully, I can inform new residents of our community that there are no...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

One-time close loans give you more options to build a home

The process of acquiring land, financing the construction and obtaining a permanent loan is cumbersome, costly, and requires a large investment in the project. A new type of loan that helps buyers...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

Who really pays the real estate commission?

In almost all cases, the real estate commissions for the buyer’s and seller’s agents are listed on the seller’s closing statement; commissions typically do not appear on the buyer’s closing...

DATE: Aug. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

How to choose the best lender

There are basically two types of lenders: direct/portfolio lenders and those who act as conduit to various agencies. Loan brokers have relationships with more than one lender and originate loans...

DATE: June 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

Flipping homes not as easy as advertised

Making short-term profits by buying, fixing, and selling homes is referred to as “flipping”. There are a number of books, lecturer series and TV shows devoted to the process. Potential investors...

DATE: May 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

Home inspection: What can you expect the seller to fix?

The standard purchase contract has a number of contingencies that allows you to review documents and perform investigations within a specific period of time. One of the most important is your...

DATE: April 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

Relax: How to create a relaxing bedroom

Creating a relaxing, blissful bedroom is easy. First, think about furniture placement. There are all sorts of feng shui and folklore guidelines regarding best placement for a bed. Check in the...

DATE: March 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

Condo or townhouse? What’s the difference?

The common characteristic shared by condominiums, townhomes and planned unit developments is that the ownership of the home also involves the ownership of common areas. Examples of common areas...

DATE: March 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

Here’s what you need to know to get a mortgage

Lenders are primarily concerned about three things when considering your loan for approval: income, credit and property. There are other aspects of your application that will be evaluated, such as...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

Taking care of the big stuff

When moving into a new house, it can be overwhelming for some to figure out furniture placement. Perhaps you are coming from a home you’ve lived in for years and had everything mise en place (mise...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

Home ownership is out-of-reach for many

Rising home prices and interest rates are making it more difficult for buyers to qualify for the home they want. Experts expect the upward trend to continue, which will push some potential...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

Winter can be good time to go house shopping

In most areas of the country, including La Plata County, summer time is the prime home-buying season. There are more homes available for sale and more buyers in the market. The benefit for buyers...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

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