How to buy a home with limited funds

In my 35 years as a mortgage originator and exclusive buyer’s representative, many prospective homebuyers have told me they are delaying their purchase because of money or their credit history. In...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

Landing a good investment on land

“Don’t wait to buy land, buy land and wait.” This quote by William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers has been an investment strategy by many, and others have followed the advice of “Buy land; they’re not...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2015 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

It's a seller's market, but getting a good deal can still take some work

The housing market is hot, especially for sellers. Many people trying to sell homes find that an increase in home prices, combined with a limited inventory of homes for sale in parts of the...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2015 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

Stable supply of water coming to the county’s Dry Side

Recently, I had the opportunity to see a presentation from the La Plata West Water Authority. As we all know, water is one of the most critical resources, and the water authority will offer an...

DATE: May 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

How buyers can compete with multiple offers

In some areas of La Plata County, there is a severe shortage of inventory involving certain home types and price ranges. Buyers looking for a home with one or more of these characteristics may be...

DATE: May 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

5 homebuying mistakes you should avoid

Buying a home is a fairly complicated process involving negotiations, legal and contractual issues, lender requirements and obtaining clear title. Here is a guide to some of the basics to keep in...

DATE: May 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

Knowing the ABCs of home appraisals

Acquiring a home appraisal is always an important part of buying a home as well as a requirement for getting a mortgage. Major changes have taken place during the last decade regarding the way...

DATE: May 9, 2015 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

Figure out who will pay which closing costs

Buyers and sellers customarily pay certain closing costs in a real estate transaction. The buyer’s costs can be paid at closing by the buyer, seller or the lender. Buyers should discuss the various...

DATE: April 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

5 things to do to prepare your home for sale

The sellers top five list is a check list for being successful in selling a home. In the marketplace, we often see homes that are not ready to be sold. Here are some ideas to assure a positive...

DATE: April 11, 2015 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

Is your home in a flood plain?

When considering the purchase of a home in a flood plain, make sure you are informed about all that is implied by that designation. Just because the home is in what is considered a high-risk flood...

DATE: April 4, 2015 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

Buying a home after losing one may be possible

Have you or one of your family members suffered through the foreclosure of a home or negotiated a short sale of your home during the Great Recession? There may be good news for you, if you still...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

What’s the right sales price for your home?

Determining an asking price for your home can be tricky. Highly priced, you could risk not being considered by potential buyers. If priced too low, you “leave money on the table” – something no...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

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