Demographics of first-time homebuyers

The National Association of Realtors has published the latest data on the demographics of first-time home buyers nationwide. The biggest headline of the study was that the characteristics of...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

The ins and outs of title insurance

When purchasing real estate, a buyer generally requests that the seller provide title insurance. The first step to obtaining title insurance is for a title company to do a title search. The results...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2015 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

Home sale may be sign of things to come

The big news in Durango real estate last week was the demolition of a home in Hillcrest at 205 Hillcrest Drive. This is news because the home was listed for $585,000, and it sold Dec. 10 for...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

Buying a home really may not be out of reach

You may think you can’t afford to buy a home, but consider how the new low down-payment loans make homes affordable, even in Southwest Colorado. A $250,000 home purchase could require as little as...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2015 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

Understanding the broker relationship

Despite all of the articles written lately, one of the most misunderstood aspects of the real estate industry is agency. A brief history may help. Before 1994, all real estate brokers were agents...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

Choosing a home can be a personal thing

What type of home is right for you? In La Plata County, we are blessed with choices that are wide and varied, and they are influenced by your desired lifestyle. There are opportunities to own homes...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2014 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

Want to sell? Consider listing in wintertime

Many potential sellers ask me if they should list their home in the winter or wait until the spring. There are many things to consider such as the location of the home, inventory and demand and...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2014 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

With real estate on the Net, why use a broker?

The number of buyers who start their real estate search on the Internet has grown to over 90 percent. Yet, interestingly, the number of transactions involving a real estate agent has actually...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2014 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

What exactly does the seller have to fix?

Buyers usually become concerned when the listing report indicates that a home is being sold “as is.” The term often prompts the buyer to ask – what is wrong with the property? The fact is that the...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2014 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

Homeowners need to address mold in home

In the real estate market, mold is one of those terms that evokes an emotional reaction. While it is a serious home condition to alleviate, there are many misconceptions. Understanding the mold...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2014 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

Is local housing inventory low? It depends

Is it fair to say Durango real estate market is experiencing low inventory? If you’re thinking of buying or selling a home, it’s imperative you look at what is happening with the inventory...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2014 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

Home values continue to appreciate

The big news in our real estate market is the return of appreciation in median price, which set a new historic high for the first nine months of a calendar year. The previous high was in 2006,...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2014 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

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