Modern Loft on Pearl St. in Boulder

I’ve been greatly enjoying my new office location on Pearl Street in Boulder at Pedal to Properties. I’m now super excited to introduce my new listing just a couple of blocks away at 2301 Pearl St., #53. This modern loft space is the ideal private nest in downtown Boulder. Completely updated and ready for move in, this unit is unique among the Whittier Place condominiums. The owner has reconfigured the bedroom loft space to allow easier (and hideable!) access, along with more square footage. The kitchen has all stainless steel appliances and artistic touches you won’t find elsewhere. Add to that the Trex deck overlooking the foothills and the cozy fireplace, and this home can’t be beat for the location and price.

For more information visit the property’s website, or contact me to take a look.

Note the modern touches mixed with fun custom painting!

 

Just part of the views off the deck.

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Buying a Home That’s Part of an HOA

Buying a home that is part of an HOA, or Home Owners’ Association, should never be taken lightly. It’s especially important that first-time homeowners understand fully what they’re getting into when the buy a property that is governed by and HOA or other association.

Many states have laws governing HOAs and CICs (Common Interest Communities), but even within a state the range of things an HOA can control is across the board. For instance, I live in an HOA where the only common facility maintained by the HOA is a common drainage system. On the other end of the spectrum, though, are HOAs that maintain common or shared amenities such as a pool or common walls, or control everything from the type of roof you can install to the type of grass you can plant. Because HOAs can have such control over your property (and have the power to enforce their rules), you need to be darn sure of what you’re signing up for. An HOA can add value to your property, but it can also make life miserable!

In Colorado, we have two deadlines in the purchase contract which relate to CIC (HOA)-related matters. The first is a deadline by which the seller will get all the HOA-related documents to the buyer, and the second is a deadline up until which the buyer can opt out of the contract due to something they don’t like about the HOA’s rules.

I’m sure that all agents differ in how they handle these deadlines, but my advice to all buyers is that they carefully read over all the documents provided by the HOA, and that they ask as many questions they can think of about the HOA and its rules prior to the second deadline. And, moreover, my advice is that they communicate directly with the HOA management themselves – not through me. I’m always happy to facilitate conversations, but it’s up to my buyers to do their own homework. Every homebuyer has differing views on what they can accept/won’t accept in an HOA – what if the HOA board is overbearing and always in your business? What if it’s just the opposite, and no one does anything? What is your recourse? What can you do if you just don’t like the manager, or if they never respond to concerns?

I’ve been super pleased to be representing some great first-time homebuyers who are doing everything right with the HOA that they are buying into. They have spoken with the HOA manager numerous times. They have reviewed the HOA financials, and have asked questions about past repairs and planned repairs. They have even had the HOA pre-approve their dog as a permitted animal in the complex (imagine moving in and finding out your dog isn’t allowed!!).

Doing your HOA homework is lot of work, but avoid unpleasant surprises and get it done!

Excited to be at Pedal to Properties in Boulder!

I’m excited to share the news that I’ve moved over to Pedal to Properties in the heart of downtown Boulder. Pedal to Properties is a full-service real estate brokerage whose stated goal is to provide first-of-a-kind service in a way that is both responsible to our community and environment both locally and globally. You can see this goal reflected in the brokerage’s clever bike-based logo, and put into action through the cute cruiser bicycles that the company provides to use free of charge to clients, tourists, and visitors.

I’m really excited to find clients who want to take advantage of the upcoming beautiful weather and take a cruiser out for a tour! (Of course, the “old-fashioned” car tour is always still available! 🙂

If you’re ever out wandering around downtown Boulder, stop in for a visit!

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New Listing In Indian Peaks, Lafayette

Located at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac

**UPDATE: SOLD on June 21, 2011*** This is what home should feel like: this 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home on a quarter-acre lot is the perfect home for relaxing and entertaining. With great views of the back range and Flatirons from the living areas, backyard, and master bedroom, it feels like a getaway, but is super close to all that the Boulder area has to offer. All the rooms are well-sized, with designer paint colors and a private layout. A separate study on the main floor lets you escape (to or from!) your workspace. Anyone who’s lived in Colorado long enough will appreciate the separate mudroom with laundry off the oversized 2-car attached garage.

The seller is offering a $1500 appliance credit if you’d like to switch out the appliances when you move in. Act now to take advantage of the spring blossoming in the landscaped backyard – this home is ready to move into!

121 Overland Ct., Lafayette, CO 80026. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2-car oversized garage, $475,000. For more pictures and information, please visit the property’s website here.

Hardwoods throughout main floor; kitchen opens onto deck

Landscaped backyard with views, privacy

Luxury master bathroom

Craigslist Ads

Craigslist is often one of the best resources for finding rentals in the Boulder area, but please beware! I’ve recently been alerted to the fact that my name has somehow been connected advertising non-legit rentals in Boulder. I do not handle rentals, and do not have anything for rent. Use common sense and don’t wire money to anyone, not even me! Unless, of course, you’re just intending to send me an early birthday gift . . .

Interview Other Realtors. Lots of Them.

Message to home sellers: Interview other Realtors. Lots of them. 

One of the best things to hear when I do a listing presentation is that the seller is interviewing other Realtors for the job of listing their home. Why am I so happy to hear that the potential client is talking to my competition?

A seller who interviews numerous agents is a serious seller. They care about hiring the best person to get the house sold. They’re motivated to get this done.

A seller who interviews numerous agents is a smart seller. They realize that they can learn a lot from speaking with numerous agents – all of us will give away some free nuggets of selling advice. They also realize it is worth their investment of time to speak with various agents and do their due diligence. Selling your home is a big deal – don’t just list with the first schmo off the street.

A seller who interviews numerous agents is a well-informed seller. After hearing similar evaluations of their home, its likely selling range, and the comps on the market, by the time the seller hires me he or she will have realistic expectations of what the house’s positives and negatives are. They’ll also have a better idea of how much it will sell for and how long it might be on the market.

A seller who interviews numerous agents is a people-savvy seller. He or she understands that they’ll be working closely with their agent, possibly for a long time. Here in the Boulder area, we’re fortunate that there are many reliable, talented, and knowledgeable Realtors. All other things being equal, a seller might just have to make their choice based on their gut feeling about with whom they’ll work best. That’s OK! The smart seller knows that the more they get along with their agent, the easier the process will be for all involved.

So go ahead, sellers – PLEASE – talk with other Realtors. Do your homework, learn a lot, and ask a lot of questions. And, if possible, interview me last, so we can get the process started right away!

Open House for the Retro Lover In You!

I’ll be hosting an open house tomorrow, Sunday, February 20 from 11-1 at 2950 Stanford Ave., Boulder. If you love mid-century style, this home is for you. It’s a solid, well-cared for home with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2472 sq. ft., and great landscaping. It’s ready for some updating, but if I were buying I’d leave some of the cool retro details in the home, like stainless steel tile, a fabulous granite fireplace, and built-ins. Tons of potential, and you can’t beat the location. $569,900.