Monday, June 8, 2020

3871 MOUNT OXFORD STREET





3.5 baths, 2 story home in like-new condition! Fully fenced back yard 
with maintenance-free fencing, 3 car garage and walking distance to 
local school. Large master suite with walk-in closet, deep soaking tub, 
Jack & Jill bath accompanies two adjacent bedrooms. 

Southerrn exposure makes for a bright and welcoming home in great 
family subdivision. 

Many updates to the home! Back yard slider replaced with a new one 
in 2016, (higher quality). Front door replaced with a beautiful new leaded 
glass window and sidelight 2017. 

All window coverings replaced with faux wood louvers. Stove, microwave 
and dishwasher all replaced in 2015. 

The refrigerator is huge and recently installed and is included. 

Hot water heater replaced with 50 gallon and whole-house 
humidifier in 2016. Powder room bath and Kitchen 
counters replaced with granite. 

2017 Kitchen floors replaced with engineered wood 2017.


New exterior paint in 2017. New interior paint 2020! 
Rear patio enlarged from 10 x 10 to 12 x 20 in 2017. 
Rear patio has a new Polyaspartic (20 year) coating 
(epoxy on steroids). 

Garage has 60 square feet of built-in overhead shelving added. 
Exterior spigot in rear added 2019. 9.6 KW 
solar system (owned not leased) added 2018. New roof in 
2019. Custom made house number sign by front door stays.

HOA DUES include irrigation water. 

Seller is a licensed Real Estate agent in the state of Colorado.



Thursday, January 2, 2020

Nature-Themed Bathroom Makeovers



5 Nature-Themed Bathroom 

Makeovers to Attract Buyers


5 Nature-Themed Bathroom Makeovers to Attract BuyersThe bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the house during the home buying process. Prospective buyers want to be able to picture themselves using the space and enjoying the elements that have been included. Many times, home buyers will purchase the most expensive home they can afford, leaving little budget for remodels. Therefore, giving your bathroom a makeover, whether it is a partial or just a cosmetic remodel, can make your home that much more desirable without spending a fortune. Integrating nature in interior design is one of the hottest trends of 2019. Here are five nature-themed bathroom makeovers that will make your home more attractive to buyers.

1. Install a Natural Stone Vanity

One way to pull nature into your space is to integrate natural stone. One way to make a statement is to do this with your vanity. A granite vanity is one of the top 10 most wanted bathroom features, so replace your laminate countertop with a natural stone slab that is marble, granite, or quartz. This will help give your bathroom that timeless look while also integrating natural elements into the space. While this specific makeover option may be a bit more expensive, the return can be substantial. Granite can run $75-$400 per sq.ft. However, you can still get a natural look by using a remnant slab, costing $20-$40 per sq.ft., depending upon the size of vanity you are installing. 

2. Introduce Wood Elements

Wood is another important element to integrate into your bathroom. It is one of those elements that adds warmth to the space as well as a touch of sophistication. There are a number of ways to makeover your bathroom to incorporate wood. You could simply opt for staging with wooden accessories such as baskets. If you are ready to make a bigger commitment, you can replace your under sink cabinets with naturally stained one or even re-tile your bathroom (floor or shower) with faux wood laminate flooring choosing between $0.69-$2.50 per sq ft.

3. Give Your Bathroom A Fresh Coat of Paint

Sometimes the easiest makeover can make a world of difference, especially in a relatively small space like your bathroom. Painting your bathroom may just be one of the easiest options to appeal to buyers choosing between $100-$300 for a 5'x 8' bathroom. Choosing the paint color for your bathroom can be tricky before selling your home as you want something that won't stand out but still adds to the sense of style in the space. Therefore, let nature inspire your color scheme. Pick a natural, calming color scheme for your bathroom makeover. For a beach vibe, consider a color scheme of teal, whites, emerald, and gray. On the other hand, if you want a more woodsy feel, consider going with natural pine woods complemented with dark greens, whites, and brown. For a more high-end remodel, consider using these color schemes with subway tiles or honeycomb tiles.

4. Add Some Greenery

Having plants in your space can bring a sense of calm. Additionally, it can add a pop of color amongst natural tones and whites. The good part is, that this is a relatively inexpensive way to bring nature into your bathroom with real plants costing between $10 and $70. While you can use real plants such as bamboo, orchids, or snake plants, artificial plants can work just as well at achieving the natural look. You can take this to the next level by incorporating different scents of nature into the space via essential oil diffusers or candles. However, make sure any smells are kept light and to a minimum when showing your home to prevent homebuyers from thinking you are trying to cover up an odor.

5. Install a Rain Shower Head

Another way to bring nature into your bathroom makeover is to have a proper rain showerhead installed. Rain showerheads are trending due to the luxurious field they give to any bathroom where they are installed. Depending on the quality and type of showerhead you select, rain showerheads come in a wide range of prices from $60 to $500. While you could install a rain showerhead yourself, getting the assistance of a professional can ensure that you have the necessary pressure.

You Want to Add Value

Ideally, you want to transform your bathroom into a space where people can already picture themselves getting ready in the morning and relaxing after a long day at work. Giving them a bathroom that doesn't require a remodel can be a serious selling point for your home. Many of these nature-themed bathroom makeover tips are relatively easy to implement and can give your home that wow factor against the competition; or, you can always undertake a serious remodel and add a new master bath. In the end, you want to get a return on your investment, so carefully consider which things will contribute to a higher sales price for your home versus what is simply an unnecessary element. 
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As a current resident in Northern Colorado, I am fully aware of the current market trends and what it takes to get a great deal on a listing or get top dollar for your current home. When it comes to getting the job done right, you can count on me.
I have a lot of connections within the Northern Colorado area. Please don’t hesitate to call and ask me any questions you might have. This process is all about you and your needs. Real Estate is a big investment and I understand that. One thing you will get with me is a personal relationship, In the end, that goes a long way.
 
Northern Colorado is a great place to live! For more information, please give me a ring or email me today. I would love the opportunity to earn your business and partner with you in regards to your Real Estate needs.



LOOKING TO BUY??
If you are looking to purchase, I can save you a lot of money, as much as 10% on the purchase and finance of your home. 

Contact me today to learn about ALL of my strategies to get you the BEST price for your home in the shortest possible time! 

































SOURCE: REALTY TIMES / WRITTEN BY CRISTINA MIGUELEZ

Saturday, December 21, 2019

smilebox christmas 2019




Hello Family and Friends. It's safe to say that the Holiday snuck up on us rather quickly this year. So in lieu of mailing out Christmas cards and you receiving them LATE..Paul Ross and I thought we would create a little something on the computer. The Ross Family would like to wish you all a Very Happy Holiday Season. May 2020 bring Prosperity and Happiness.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Making Your New Home Safe

Making Your New Home Safe 

For Your Family



Make Your Home a Safe Haven for You And Your Family

So, you’ve found your dream house and moved in – it’s an exciting time! You can finally have everything just the way you want it...

We hate to rain on your happy buzz but even before you start setting up, you need to look at how safe your new house is. Whether you’ve moved into a brand-new house or to one that previously belonged to a family, you need to put some precautions in place. We’re sure you’ve taken a look at all the big stuff before buying it – the foundation, paperwork, structure, neighborhood, and mold. You’ve got your insurance and you’re ready to move!

But there are several other concerns that need your attention to keep you and your family safe.

Here are a few steps to get you started



Change the locks

This home is new to you, but the previous owners may have passed on spare keys to their neighbors, relatives or close friends. Even if it’s a brand new house, the builder may have handed a key to a handyman or worker during the construction stage. To be safe, get all the locks changed and distribute spares only to those you trust.

Install a security system

Even in safe neighborhoods, a security system is a good precaution to take. You can decide whether you want a high-tech one with all the bells and whistles or if you’re happy with a few cameras and security lights. Depending on your lifestyle and your family, choose the features that you need.

Get to know your neighbors

Neighbors are invaluable allies. They can easily keep an eye on your place but if you’re new to the neighborhood, they probably won’t know the difference between a stranger at your door and a friend. Stop by for a chat and get to know them, introduce your family and keep the relationship cordial.

Case the joint

Think like an intruder and identify weak points in and around your home. You can then take appropriate measures to fortify these areas and prevent intruders from entering your home.

Give it a once over

Go around the entire house, checking to see that doors and windows open, close and lock as they should. Check for loose wires from electric outlets or loose floorboards and so on. Make a list of everything that needs to be fixed and either fix them yourself or have a handyman do it. But make sure they’re all taken care of as soon as possible, this goes a long way in preventing accidents.

Outdoor safety

If you have a garden or a backyard, give it a thorough once over to make sure nothing dangerous lurks in the bushes. Danger doesn’t necessarily have to be a creepy crawly or an animal. It could be sprinklers that haven’t been set in the lawn properly, a rusty gate or fence. Check the fence or wall around your property to make sure there are no weak points.

Landscaping

Many people like to have gravel below low windows as noise protection. If an intruder tries to get in that way, the crunching of the gravel will give it away and you’ll be able to hear them. A sensor-triggered alarm placed by the window may be louder.
Keeping the plant life in your garden trimmed ensures that there are no dark spots where intruders can hide. Trim branches that could otherwise give an intruder easy access to your home via a window.

Check smoke detectors

Don’t assume that the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms that the previous owners have left behind are in good working condition, check them. They may be very old and need a change of batteries. You can buy 10-year batteries to avoid this cropping up every 12 months.

Dryer vents

Check that the important appliances like the stove, gas pipes and dryer vents are all working smoothly. If any of the wiring looks old, replace it. Electrical fires because of worn-out wiring are common and happen without warning. Hot dryer exhaust needs to be let outside and the endpoint should be clear of dryer lint. Add this to your list of things to check routinely.

Install lights in all the right places

Intruders prefer to break in when it’s dark and they are less likely to be seen. So, even at night, have a well-lit porch and back door. You could also put in place lights that can be triggered by movement so you can catch any unwelcome visitors by surprise. Make sure your house number is clearly visible so that emergency services can find you easily. Put timers on the lights in some rooms to make it look like someone is home even if you’re running late. Intruders are less likely to try and enter a house when someone is home. This is also useful when you go on holiday.

Background checks

If you have just moved into a new house, it is likely that you need some work done. If you don’t already have a trusted service provider to rely on, go by recommendations from people you know well. If possible, you should also do a background check on the contractors you hire and ask for references.

Get your insurance sorted

Protect your investment with house insurance. Most policies will cover your old property until you exchange with the purchaser and the new one from when you exchange with the seller. But if there is any overlap in the dates, you should definitely check that both properties are covered during this time.
Every home is different and so you should look around yours carefully to ensure that you’ve taken care of everything. If you want a pair of fresh eyes, get a friend to look over the house with you, he or she may spot something you missed. Taking a few days to get these precautions right will help make sure that your new home is safe for your family.
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As a current resident in Northern Colorado, I am fully aware of the current market trends and what it takes to get a great deal on a listing or get top dollar for your current home. When it comes to getting the job done right, you can count on me.
I have a lot of connections within the Northern Colorado area. Please don’t hesitate to call and ask me any questions you might have. This process is all about you and your needs. Real Estate is a big investment and I understand that. One thing you will get with me is a personal relationship, In the end, that goes a long way.
 
Northern Colorado is a great place to live! For more information, please give me a ring or email me today. I would love the opportunity to earn your business and partner with you in regards to your Real Estate needs.



LOOKING TO BUY??
If you are looking to purchase, I can save you a lot of money, as much as 10% on the purchase and finance of your home. 

Contact me today to learn about ALL of my strategies to get you the BEST price for your home in the shortest possible time! 









REALTY TIMES / WRITTEN BY JAMES STEVENSON

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Prepping Your Home for the Long Winter Months

‘Tis the Season: Prepping Your 

Home for the Long Winter Months




No matter what winter holidays you celebrate, getting ready for the holiday season isn’t easy to do. There are events and gatherings, shopping trips, and busy work schedules. It seems there is an endless list of things to do.
This is especially true for homeowners. Making sure your home is ready for the winter can be a tedious and stressful process, particularly if you live in places that have temperatures falling below zero. As we move into 2020, you may have already experienced some problems with your home. Drafty windows, broken furnaces, or faulty wiring (which causes lots of fires) are just a few problems homes can have in the wintertime.
So, what can you do to ensure you and your home are ready for a relaxing and cheerful winter? Let’s consider some things you can do to finish (and start) your year right.

Call the Furnace Doctor

First, get a tune-up for your furnace. It may seem unnecessary, but this can pay off in the long run. Not only will getting a tune-up reduce your energy bills and monitor for carbon monoxide, but this will also prevent you needing to call for help on the coldest day of the year. This one preventative measure can make all the difference.

Inspect Your Roof

You should also clear out any debris from your eaves and inspect your roof for damage. Discovering missing tiles before it snows or sealing any cracks will prevent against leaks. Clearing your eaves will allow for proper drainage. By inspecting both of these, you can prevent ice dams and any long-term damage that may be caused by icy conditions.

More Insulation

If you’re further concerned about your utility bills or have cold toes from poor insulation, you can seal your windows and reverse your ceiling fans. There are a variety of popular methods for insulating—you’ve probably seen plastic on a few windows during the colder months. You can find weatherproofing kits online or at your local hardware store. It is important to make sure your attic is well insulated too, to further prevent ice dams on your roof.
As for your ceiling fans, reversing ceiling fans creates an updraft, which forces rising heat downwards, making it warmer down below.

Prevent Sparks

Be sure to get your electrical wiring checked, especially if you have an old home. In 2015, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, heating and electrical problems were the leading identifiable causes of residential fires behind cooking fires. Be careful not to overload power strips and replace any frayed cords. Faulty wiring is the number one cause of electrical fires. Some cases can even lead to lawsuits.
“I can't stress enough how important it is to check your appliances and wiring in the winter,” says Rich Newsome, attorney, and co-founder of Newsome Melton Law.  "Often people forget, and don't notice when something of theirs gets recalled - or, worse, starts to get old and faulty. Not paying attention to your appliances can cause costly - and potentially deadly - fires in your home."
Overall, be sure to unplug any unnecessary appliances and check for frayed wires or overstuffed electrical strips—don’t blame it on the Christmas tree!
There is a lot that goes into maintaining a home but making sure you’re ready for the winter months can reduce stress, costs, and risk. A few preventative measures can make sure you have a safe and warm winter, and maybe make your holiday season a little bit brighter.


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As a current resident in Northern Colorado, I am fully aware of the current market trends and what it takes to get a great deal on a listing or get top dollar for your current home. When it comes to getting the job done right, you can count on me.
I have a lot of connections within the Northern Colorado area. Please don’t hesitate to call and ask me any questions you might have. This process is all about you and your needs. Real Estate is a big investment and I understand that. One thing you will get with me is a personal relationship, In the end, that goes a long way.
 
Northern Colorado is a great place to live! For more information, please give me a ring or email me today. I would love the opportunity to earn your business and partner with you in regards to your Real Estate needs.



LOOKING TO BUY??
If you are looking to purchase, I can save you a lot of money, as much as 10% on the purchase and finance of your home. 

Contact me today to learn about ALL of my strategies to get you the BEST price for your home in the shortest possible time! 








SOURCE: REALTY TIMES / WRITTEN BY JAMES STEVENSON

Friday, November 29, 2019

Remove Snow and Ice

5 Safety Tips to Remove Snow 

and Ice this Winter



Winter is coming and with it comes the snow and ice that many homeowners need to clear from their properties. Both snow and ice can create a safety hazard leading up to your home. This is particularly problematic, not only for those living there but also for anyone selling their home this season. Both heavy snow and ice can make it difficult to enter a building safely, and they can also cause damage to a home as well, potentially lowering its value. For this reason, it’s usually a good idea to tackle the snow and ice around your home in a timely way each snowfall.
There are a lot of ways you can go about doing this, from hiring a snow removal service to investing in special equipment. The following five tips for removing snow and ice this winter are designed to help you and your property deal with winter a little more safely. Start Early and Often
Snow becomes heavier as it builds up on walkways, steps, and your roof. And if it melts partially, then refreezes, it becomes ice, which is even more hazardous beneath your feet than packed snow. Removing fallen snow early and often makes it safer and easier to do. It also makes it less costly; by removing snow before it has a chance to build up, you can prevent issues such as having too much weight on your roof. 
Pay attention to what type of snow it is; wetter snow falling at higher temperatures is heavier than drier snow, and it will need to be removed more often.  

Use the Right Ice Melt

Ice melt and rock salt can help keep steps clear, helping to eliminate any leftover snow that melted and refroze, and in some cases helping to prevent refreezing from taking place. The wrong ice melt can be poisonous for pets and harmful to landscaping, however. When you coat your walkways or driveway with ice melt, the runoff will end up in your landscaping, and it could result in some dead or brown plants come spring. Pets and other animals crossing your driveway may pick up some of the ice melt on their feet. If they lick their feet clean later, this could poison them. Always use a pet-safe ice melt to avoid these issues, and make sure that you apply it frequently to prevent any refreezing. 

Push Snow, Don’t Lift It

It can be tempting to try to lift up big shovelfuls of snow and toss them aside to clear your paths. But doing so can quickly lead to fatigue, as well as to potential injuries to your shoulders and back. The recommended method of shoveling snow by the National Safety Council is to push snow, not lift it. 
If you’re shoveling often, so the snow isn’t building up and getting heavy, then it’s usually easy to push the snow along the walk or driveway and out of the way. If you struggle with this technique, there are two-handled shovels that are designed for easier pushing; they can clear a lot of snow in very short periods of time, without potentially harming your back. 

Get a Long Handled Rake

Having a little snow on your roof isn’t going to hurt it. But if you live in an area that sees snow storm after snow storm with little to no melting in between, then the built-up snow could start to cause some issues. Once snow reaches the weight of 20 pounds per foot, it can begin to be too much for the structure of your roof. If left in place, it can cause leaks and roof damage at a minimum and a potential cave-in at the worst. 
While you can hire someone to come and clear the snow off for you, it’s also easy to remove at least some of it yourself. Purchase a long-handled snow rake and use it to drag or pull the snow off of the roof. Even if you can’t reach all the snow, just getting the bulk of it off your roof can help prevent future problems. 

Make Wide Paths

It’s tempting when you start shoveling to clear a path just wide enough to pass through. The problem with this, however, is that as the snow melts and refreezes, as well as continues to fall, paths often start to narrow and become more difficult to travel. This can make it dangerous to walk through your property. By making your paths extra wide, you can eliminate this problem. Even if they shrink a little as the winter continues, they should still stay wide enough to allow safe passage to and from your front door.

Practice Snow Safety this Winter

Snow and ice can be a serious hazard for homeowners and for potential buyers, as well as for the home itself. Make sure that you practice snow safety and remove snow and ice in a timely manner this winter to avoid these issues yourself. 
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As a current resident in Northern Colorado, I am fully aware of the current market trends and what it takes to get a great deal on a listing or get top dollar for your current home. When it comes to getting the job done right, you can count on me.
I have a lot of connections within the Northern Colorado area. Please don’t hesitate to call and ask me any questions you might have. This process is all about you and your needs. Real Estate is a big investment and I understand that. One thing you will get with me is a personal relationship, In the end, that goes a long way.
 
Northern Colorado is a great place to live! For more information, please give me a ring or email me today. I would love the opportunity to earn your business and partner with you in regards to your Real Estate needs.



LOOKING TO BUY??
If you are looking to purchase, I can save you a lot of money, as much as 10% on the purchase and finance of your home. 

Contact me today to learn about ALL of my strategies to get you the BEST price for your home in the shortest possible time! 
















SOURCE: REALTY TIMES / WRITTEN BY CRISTINA MIGUELEZ

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Investing in Commercial Real Estate

7 Benefits of Investing in 

Commercial Real Estate






  For the longest time, Commercial Real Estate (or CRE) investing has been accessible only to more seasoned investors—those who have larger portfolios. Beginner investors, though, would find this particular market difficult to crack...but that was before. 
Today, thanks to the internet and online marketplaces, anyone can be an investor in real estate, even in CRE. In this article, we are going to learn what CRE investment means and its benefits. Let’s get started.

What Is CRE?

So, what is Commercial Real Estate Investing anyway? This is the procurement and management of commercial properties. These structures include (but are not limited to) retail buildings, office spaces, warehouses, and even apartments. 
The bigger question is why you should put your money there in the first place. Don’t worry. You’ll find the different benefits of investing in commercial real estate below.

The Benefits of CRE Investment

1. The Profit 

Of course, the first reason why anyone would want to invest in anything is the promise of profit, and for CRE, there’s actually a lot of it. You can get your ROI faster due to the influx of rental income. And since these are businesses we are talking about, you can significantly raise the rent compared to a residential structure. 
We also suggest adding amenities to the property to further boost your ROI. You can get these last-moment renovations done by getting a direct deposit payday loan. You won’t even have to leave your house to get your funds. They are quick and convenient.

2. Less Risk

Another reason why we love investing in CRE is that it is less volatile. You can secure long-term lease contracts from clients for as long as 3-5 years, sometimes even longer than that. By doing so, you are already ensuring your profit for the next half a decade or so, regardless of what economic swings the future might bring.

3. Tax Incentives

Maintaining a commercial property is a hard and sometimes expensive task. The Internal Revenue Service recognizes this so that’s why they offer tax incentives to its owners especially on expenses related to upkeep and maintenance. 

4. Conscientious Clients

Speaking of upkeep and maintenance, you will be pleased to learn that these chores are significantly easier compared to residential properties for two reasons. First, your clients are business owners as well so you can expect more professionalism. Second, since most of them are establishments that offer products and services, they’ll be concerned about maintaining their image as well and will surely try hard to keep the premises as clean and well-kept as possible.

5. Realistic Responsibilities

As property investors ourselves, one of the things we absolutely hate is emergency calls in the wee hours of the morning. Those who have invested in residential properties are all too familiar with these calls as well. 
You’ll be pleased to know that you will rarely experience this with commercial establishments since they have set operation hours. They will also be gone most of the night. To further make sure that this doesn’t happen, we suggest that you beef up your property’s security features and insurance. In this way, you will be able to sleep every night without worries.

6. Less Competition

Another thing that we don’t appreciate in residential property investment is the fact that it has a lot of competition! Due to their bigger structures, expect your competitors to be less in CRE. What’s more, is that CRE offers a great variety of different establishments. Think of them as niches. The more specific your niche is fewer competition and more clients you’ll have.

7. Increased Value Over Time

Finally, one of the secrets of success in real estate is making sure that your property appreciates its value over time. That can be difficult to do with residences, especially if you don’t have much space to work with.
CRES, though, well they’re another thing entirely. There’ll always be a new amenity that you can add or a feature that you can install. Plus, if you have secured a prime location where tenants will thrive, then other investors will surely fight over your property should you decide to sell it in the future.
Investing in Commercial Real Estate is a huge undertaking, true, but it also offers a lot of benefits. Not only does it have a faster ROI rate, but it also has fewer risks. The best thing about it, though, is that it’s fairly easy to triple its value with just a few tweaks. We welcome you to the wonderful world of real estate investment and bid you good luck!
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As a current resident in Northern Colorado, I am fully aware of the current market trends and what it takes to get a great deal on a listing or get top dollar for your current home. When it comes to getting the job done right, you can count on me.
I have a lot of connections within the Northern Colorado area. Please don’t hesitate to call and ask me any questions you might have. This process is all about you and your needs. Real Estate is a big investment and I understand that. One thing you will get with me is a personal relationship, In the end, that goes a long way.
 
Northern Colorado is a great place to live! For more information, please give me a ring or email me today. I would love the opportunity to earn your business and partner with you in regards to your Real Estate needs.



LOOKING TO BUY??
If you are looking to purchase, I can save you a lot of money, as much as 10% on the purchase and finance of your home. 

Contact me today to learn about ALL of my strategies to get you the BEST price for your home in the shortest possible time! 























 SOURCE: REALTY TIMES // WRITTEN BY JIM HUGHES