Stephanie Sawin's Blog Posts

Stephanie Sawin's Blog Posts

How Do Mortgages Work
The mortgage process is always changing.  As a Realtor, I am constantly educating myself on the changes that are happening to the home loan process.  Here's some great in...

Top Renovations For Return On Investment
I have to admit my husband and I sat down yesterday and made a list of everything we want to do to our home.  Now, this is our forever home so some are a bit geared toward us ...

Housing Shortage Becoming A Cause For Concern
I'm talking to you homeowners!  Now is the time to sell!  The median sales price for a home in metro Denver reached $407,000 in May!  If the thought has just barley ...

Habitat For Humanity
This is just another reason why so many people want to move to Colorado (hence the housing shortage to be discussed in my next blog)!  Check out this article about the 7 homes...

The Next Douglas County Developement
The information you can find by just opening some local news articles is amazing!  For those of you who currently reside in the Douglas County area know that new homes are bei...

Is Owning A Home Still Part Of The American Dream
Survey says...yes!!!  Not only doesn't it make sense financially, but you should be proud to be a homeowner!  What's holding you back?  Some say that they don't have...

The Number One Reason People Are Selling Their Homes
Time to take the plunge and the reason is simple!  Demand is high and supply is low...aka Buyers will most likely pay you a pretty penny for your home right now!!!  I kno...

Denver Real Estate And Marijuana
I don't know about you, but I almost forgot that the legalization of marijuana was a huge player in the state's economic recovery.  It's one of those things that's kind of out...

What Is EXIT Realty
I get a lot of funny/confused looks when I tell someone that I'm with EXIT Realty (EXIT Realty DTC to be precise).  The best part is... I get to give a funny look right b...

Hottest Housing Markets For May 2017
Working and living in the Denver metro area we feel the hotness of the market, but the rest of the nation is starting to catch up!  According to realtor.com, the nationwide me...

Think Twice Before Buying A House With A Pool
Some people see a pool as a huge bonus, others see it as a huge chore!  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention are starting to see pools and the bacteria they house as ...

Things To Do On A Wintry Day In May
Crazy right!!!! But here we are in the beautiful area of Denver metro...(Castle Rock to be specific for me) in the middle of May in a snowstorm!  Thank you mother nature for t...

Has Your Home Recovered Its Value After The Recession
According to Trulia, if you live in the Denver metro you have a very good chance that your home has made it back to its pre-recession value.  Buying a home is scary and stress...

Three Million Dollar Plus Penthouse For Sale With Views That Are Worth It
I have always thought of myself of someone who needs to live in an area with open skies, fresh air, and neighbors that aren't too close.  I understand the appeal of living dow...

The Next Tourist Attraction In Colorado
Growing up I took a lot of field trips to old mines for tours.  Also, living in Nevada hiking around you get to peer in to different mines more often than not.  I thought...

Castle Rock Mansion To Be Aunctioned Off Later This Month
For those of you who know me I'm a Castle Rock advocate!  I love this little town and everything it has to offer.  Maybe some of you were not ready to make the move to th...

Booty To Toenails What Happens To Your Body On The Airplane
I'm a pretty calm flyer, and have been flying since I was 7 (maybe 8?).  I had to force myself to read all the way through this article because some things just make me s...

What Do They Do With All The Federal Tax Money They Collect
I have yet to experience the delight in owing taxes to the federal government (knock on wood), but I'm sure one day my day will come...At least I will know where all that money is ...

How To Save For That Dream Vacation
We all have that one (or many) ideal vacation that always seems to be just out of reach...What if I told you it's not???  I'm not talking penny pinching, but I'm also talking ...

From Old Town Dump To 300 Million Dollar Project
The time has finally come for the beautiful beginnings of turning what was once the Castle Rock town dump into a business generating machine!  Miller's Landing will be located...

Roots And Shoots Houseplants For Your Good Health
I am constantly looking for ways to positively influence the environment around me.  In a moment of boredom I stumbled across an article in the junk mail about plants that hel...

The Real Estate Of Me April And First Video Blog
I have decided to start video blogging The Real Estate of Me!  Not only is it more personal (and this one's makeup free), but I feel like there's more of a connection as well!...

A Few Tips On Sharing Finances Without Murdering Your Partner
Well, the title says it all!  Money makes things fun, difficult, exciting, confusing, easy, hard, stressful, etc....  People have asked me before for my advice (or how my...

Are You Ready To Start Saving Here Is A Plan
Check out one person's real life money situation and goals.  Then check out the advice he gets from a financial planner!  I'm starting to think maybe it's time for me to ...

How To Wash Almost Anything In The Dishwasher
It's time for me to admit something...my favorite online or paper are the articles published by The Dollar Shave Club.  I know kind of weird, but they are super entertaining a...

Go Green At Home
Not only will you be going green and helping out the environment, you'll be helping out your wallet!  Some green tactics are super simple and super cheap!  Read up and go...

10 Ways To Make Your Kitchen Look Expensive
Take some notes (or just make a shopping list), go to the nearest local hardware store and fall back in love with you're old kitchen.  I'm not sure how many times I've had the...

How Fast Can You Save For A Down Payment
Most of the time this is the biggest hurdle when it comes to purchasing a property.  "How many packages of ramen noodles do I need to consume each week to pinch those pennies?...

Check Out This Cherry Hills Mansion
At first glance this house reminded me of something you would find in Palm Springs, and it still does.  It's modern, beautiful and simply tranquil.  Not only is it a spec...

Check Out The Almost 7 Million Dollar Log Home For Sale In Boulder
No matter how far out of reach it may be we all have visions of the perfect dream home.  My dream home comes in multiple types and locations!  I hope your's does too beca...

The Coconut Rage
I'll admit I've jumped on board, and my retirement plan is to have a coconut plantation somewhere beautiful and tropical!  I figure there are enough coconut products out there...

Happy Easter
How do you celebrate Easter?  Some of us begin with an Easter egg hunt, candy for breakfast, and a big giant feast with family.  My family also has a tradition of eating ...

How To Buy While The Inventory Is Still Low
The struggle is real, and buying still seems close to impossible, but there are solutions!  First, get a fantastic Realtor that is ready for battle (I'm suited up and ready to...

Odell Is Coming To Denver
Yes you heard it right!  Odell Brewing Company that is based up in Ft. Collins will be opening a Denver location soon.  This wonderful news just about brought tears to my...

How To Buy With Less
One of the biggest hurtles towards owning your first home is saving up all that cash for a down payment.  Guess what!?  You don't have to save up as much as you thought y...

Spring Home Shopping
Have you been waiting around for something extraordinary to happen to the housing market this winter??  Well, it's still here and still going strong!  Here are 4 reasons ...

Colorado Spring Cleaning
I don't know about you, but Spring Cleaning drives me crazy!  Unfortunately, it is a necessary evil (at least in my house).  Time to ready the toys and unworn clothing fo...

Meet The Former Castle Rock Cyclist
I have to admit before moving to Colorado I had never seen so many cyclists on the road!  I haven't started yet, but maybe one day I'll be one of them!  I hope to be one ...

Castle Rock Incline
I'm proud to say that I'm addicted!  Every time I have an extra few minutes or hour or whatever I'm stopping by the incline.  My favorite thing to do is go up the steps (...

Did Your Home Appreciate Is 2016
Probably!  The way the market currently is your home may have appreciated with you doing nothing at all!  Some of you may have put a little sweat equity into your home an...

Getting Your Garden Ready
This weekend my family and I began putting together and indoor herb garden...                 &...

The 5 Hour Rule
This post was inspired by my husband who is constantly reading and watching videos and coming up with new ideas.  I thought it was time to pass this particular article along. ...

Do Not Get Nailed Avoiding Home Improvement Scams
First things first here are some signs for overall home improvement scams:Being asked to pay for a job in its entirety upfront and in cashIs not visible online or doesn't have an a...

Rent In Silicon Valley
Are you thinking about renting in Silicon Valley???!  Think again!  The community of real estate agents are constantly gabbing about the rise in rents and why buying is t...

Build Equity Faster And Save More Money
The idea of a 15 year mortgage is similar to the idea of winning a few hundred thousand dollars...it would be nice, but it's not always doable.  This article gives you more th...

Celebrity Real Estate Investors Of 2016 Who Won And Who Lost
I am one of the few people who dislikes watching videos on the internet, but this one I was glued too!  Bonus it's not even that long!  Let's just say that a couple of ce...

Cheap Money
I know you hear this from me at least once a month, but now is an amazing time to buy a home!  Yes the market is competitive, but interest rates are still low so take advantag...

Do You Come From Royal Blood
Yes that is literally part of the title of this article, and yes you can sign up for a free trial or just do what I did...Enter your last name into the search bar at the bottom of ...

EverQuote Are You Intrigued
I have to admit I have been with the same car insurance company since my husband and I got married almost 13 years ago.  I also have to admit that as a teenager I was a horrib...

Which Celebrity Would You Choose To Haunt Your Home
Thought I would mix it up a bit.  Not only am I curious about the homes that celebrities are leaving behind, but what about the homes that celebrities never left...If you coul...

Dead Celebrity Homes
Yes I did it...I searched the thing we're all thinking about, but maybe it's a little too dark to delve into.  Don't worry I did the dirty work for you!  It's sad when an...

Buying A Home Before Selling Yours
The fear is there and it is real!  More often then not I run into homeowners who are petrified to list there home before finding one they want to buy.  Unfortunately in a...

My Mansion In The Mountains Is Not Selling Quickly
:(   Believe me when I say I feel for you because as much as you want to sell your beautiful house your agent wants it that much more.  The beauty below recently sold at ...

Realtors Buying Real Estate
I can totally relate to this article owing to the fact that my first two deals were personal.  We sold, we bought, and my husband and myself were the two hardest clients I hav...

Post Home Inspection Negotiation
Here's just another way Realtors make their pay check.  Going through the home inspections negotiations is just one of the first hurtles a good Realtor will take you over. &nb...

Millenials Make It To Suburbia
I had to take a deep breath before beginning to write.  I mainly chose to read this article because the title kind of ticked me off.  How did Millenials get such a bad ra...

Are You A First Time Home Buyer
I remember the days of buying my first home...it was freaking hard!  Not to worry it's not impossible and with the right support (aka me and a great lender) it can be done! &n...

Family Reunion Time
For some reason this week I'm in the mood to get personal.  Maybe it's because I started my day with a really good yoga session.  Side note:  My sister introduced me...

The Real Estate Of Me Take February
The holidays at last seem to be dwindling and this year is wasn't without a toll.  I find myself constantly juggling family, work and me.  Something makes me think I have...

Happy Valentines Day
Happy Valentine's Day!  Today I just wanted to share a personal memory and one of my favorites from Valentine's Day.  Believe it or not it kind of has something to do wit...

Finding Financial Freedom
I'll admit saving money sucks, but at the same time it's a necessity.  I find the best way to save money is to prioritize what I need to purchase (which is sometimes nothing a...

Feeling The Burnout
I can relate to this article more than I care to admit.  I have been schedule crazy since baby #1 was born...almost 8 years ago.  Now, that I'm a mommy of 4 the majority ...

What You Want VS What You Need In A Home
We have all been there, some of us more than others...the battle of what you want vs what you really need.  In today's market this battle is tougher than ever!  You want ...

Ready To Make An Offer
Our market is pretty competitive at the moment, but don't let that scare you.  I have experienced first hand from the Seller's and Buyer's point of view what it's like to be i...

Birthday Beer Tour In Castle Rock
Two Fridays ago on the 27th of January I celebrated my birthday right here in Castle Rock!  We started the night at 105 West Brewing Company where we downed amazing brews and ...

This Ones For You Mom
I'm sure everyone reading this has something about their kitchen that they don't like???...Well, on a weekly basis my mother asks me what she should do to her kitchen.  She ha...

Choosing Paint Colors
I have never really thought about why certain buildings are painted certain colors.  Choosing paint colors for any part of your house is difficult, but maybe this article will...

Denvers Quick Home Sales
If you're still sitting of the fence about selling your home now is the time to hop, fall, jump...whatever just get off the fence!  The Denver real estate market still has a v...

From Firehouse To Fancy Hotel
One of my favorite parts about being a Realtor and living in the Denver metro area is the passion our residents have when it comes to the past.  So many people are looking for...

Amazon In Aurora
Have you ever thought about investing in rentals??!!  The first thing that popped into my mind was holy population boost!  Those folk are going to need a place to live. &...

The Colorado Housing Market Not Just In Denver
After seeing the market explode in Denver and surrounding areas, it's nice to know the love and wealth is being shared all over the state!  Check out some of the hottest marke...

Time To Declutter The One Place You Thought Was Not So Bad
That's right...it's your kitchen!!!  Silently laughing because my husband just cleaned out our freezer this morning.  It's kind of unbelievable the items that end up in t...

Investment Advice From A Millionaire
ummm yes please!  Short story even shorter this article is about why you should buy a home.  It's a great investment!  Self made millionaire David Bach explains...ht...

5 Habits To Start In Order To Buy In 2017
You've made those resolutions and those goals!  Yay good for you!  Now what??? Now it's time to get the gears going and make those wonderful goals a reality!  Not qu...

30 Ways To Easily Improve Your Home
Looking to make a change, but don't want to move the entire house?  Here are 30 different ways to make small improvements to your house.  The best part is they can easily...

You Still Have Your Christmas Lights Up
Yes I do!  My excuse is the battle of the stomach flu and it's been freezing!  I do however no longer turn them on at night, so it's harder to tell.  Anyway, here's ...

Icicles On Your Pipes
I have seen first hand what the winter can do to pipes.  Fortunately for me, it was across the yard where a giant icicle was forming on a neighbors hose faucet.  Her...

2017 Time To Flip
We've all seen the shows and yes I'm a big fan, but let's get serious!  Have you ever thought about investing in real estate and/or flipping properties???  Well I have, a...

The Value In Buying A Home
I've known a lot of renters in my life and most rent because of its convenience.  Convenience is nice, but there's a cost in more ways than one.  Renting has become extre...

Benefits Of Buying
I'm going to keep this short and sweet!  Most of you know the benefits of buying a home, but sometimes it's good to hear it just one more time from another source...plus inter...

The Real Estate Of Me Take 4
It's a New Year!!!  Not to be a negative Nancy, but it's just one of those day.  If you're reading this part of my blog it's to get to know me on a more personal level......

Info On ARMS Not As Scary As You May Think
The only thing I know about ARMs is that my sister had one right before the market crash and boo!  Anything with the words "adjustable rate" has always terrified me.  Thi...

Buying A Home Men VS Women
Not really something I ever thought about until now...who's buying the homes in the market and at what rate???  Single men, single women, couples, married, unmarried???  ...

The Real Estate Of Me Takes On December
It is now December 20th.  I have made it through Halloween, Thanksgiving and my husband's birthday with 4 kids under the age of 7.  Yay me!  Birthday cakes in our fa...

Dec 28 History Was Made
I didn't know either!  Most of us are probably still mourning the end of Christmas and tearing down decorations.  Here's a quick view of history and what has happened in ...

The Day After Christmas
Believe it or not, as kids, my sisters and I would go shopping the day after Christmas!  We would always have a pile of gifts we didn't want, along with receipts (thanks Mom f...

Christmas Eve Traditions
It's Christmas Eve!  My family tradition has been to make a big batch of chili, watch Christmas Vacation and open one gift.  Dinner and movie viewing usually happen at Gr...

Start Cleaning Up For Guests With WD 40
Yes I said it, and I'll admit I clicked on this link because it was a picture of a toilet bowl and WD-40.  I bet some of you did too...This is a pretty interesting article wit...

I Finally Discovered Pinterest
I can't believe it took me as long as it did, but I finally jumped on the Pinterest train.  Love it!  Mostly I use it for recipes.  Those nights when I don't want to...

The Tiny Home
I watched the shows, but never got truly excited about Tiny Homes until I went to the Tiny Home Convention last year in Colorado Springs.  Some people think it's crazy (that's...

I Have Found Your Next Home
Sick of the same old track home???  Well, look no further another hidden dazzling diamond has popped up on the market in Denver metro.  Sometimes I forget that this amazi...

Tis The Season To Rock In Castle Rock
As many of you know I am a resident and big fan of our small big town Castle Rock!  We have many special events are year round.  Believe it or not, everything listed here...

The Folk Drug In CO
I remember when the legalization of recreational marijuana came to Colorado.  Just this year the question popped up of weather or not people should be allowed to use in p...

A New Workout For The New Year
Some of us struggle to get to the gym.  Most of the time it's probably lack of motivation.  Start this year off with something fun and exciting, not just another gym memb...

You Have Lived Here How Long
I am truly amazed by this article, but it makes perfect sense.  People are staying in their homes longer, but not for the right reasons.  I will be the first to admit I h...

The Best Time To Sell
A huge question always floating over the homeowners' heads is "When is it the best time to sell?"  My answer is "Almost anytime!"  Anytime of the year has it's pros and c...

OUTDOOR Projects For The Winter
Crazy idea right!!  But I think most of us in Colorado can agree that winter is extremely late, and we might as well get these last minute items done in the yard.  I for ...

The Best Time To Buy A Home
Yes!  I have said it over and over again it IS the best time to buy a home, and if you didn't believe me here's an article that should help shape your opinion.  It's the ...

Best Internet Connection In Castle Rock
Just sitting here trying to get some work done before the 2 year old awakens...  ...  ...  does the speed of your internet ever drive you crazy???  I'll admit t...

Living The Life If The 1930s
1930s style mansion for sale...what more can I say?  Not only would you be able to live in this beautiful home you get to live in this wonderful city!  Denver has so much...

Happy Wife Happy Know What You Want
I would like to start by saying "Thank you" to the people who wrote this article.  After my first home purchasing experience I learned this lesson and ended up making a big ch...

Are You Part Of The Percentage
I thought this article sounded kind of, well boring and factual.  It's actually a pretty cool breakdown of the percentage of homeowners over the past 130 years.  It's ver...

Why Buying Is Cheaper Then Renting
As a homeowner and a Realtor I talk about this topic all the time!  The idea of renting is just crazy!!!  Although, I can understand the benefits when something needs to ...

The Real Estate Of Me Take 3
I know this blog won't post until November, but this picture was taken about a month ago.  I'm squeezing in time where ever I can!This is me about 1 month ago, and yes that's ...

Appraiser VS Buyer Value
The struggle is real!  One of the biggest challenges in today's market is not only getting an appraisal by the deadline but getting a home to appraise for what the buyer wants...

Disclose Disclose Disclose
If there's one thing that has been branded into my brain time and time again it's to disclose what you know.  First, as a first time home seller my agent told me to disclose e...

Using An Agent When Selling Your Home
There's a lot of information out there!  Some of it's great, and some of it is not so great.  Many buyers begin their home search on the internet.  Not only does thi...

Are You A First Time Home Seller
There's a first time for everything, and selling your home for the first time ever can be a very daunting task!  Thoughts that may be going through your head are "What if my h...

What Would Make Baby Boomers Move
Saw the title of this article and thought why not?  Interesting enough question.  Surprisingly, it's not what I expected.  I thought most baby boomers would move to ...

Will You Be Part Of The 50 Plus Surge
Even though I just enjoyed viewing "Back to the Future," and sharing the amazing movie with my children, it still weirds me out to think far ahead into the future.  According ...

Pumpkin Spice Love Or Hate
I know I'm a little late on the topic of Pumpkin Spice since the latte reemerged back in September.  I love pumpkin anything, almost.  I have never been a fan of the Pump...

Showing Your Homes During The Holidays
Thinking about selling your home during the holidays can really dampen your spirit, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.  Although some people consider this the slow ...

Castle Rock November Events
The town of Castle Rock has exciting events year round, but November is extra exciting with the long awaited Star Lighting!  Don't just limit the excitement to one event this ...

The Real Estate Of Me Take 2
It's nearing that time again when of have ants in my pants, and I'm nesting like a crazy pregnant woman.  I remember what I was doing the day I gave birth to each of my kids. ...

Castle Rock Halloween Events
What do you do for Halloween?  Does your family have any traditions?  Maybe it's time to make your own!  Check out this years happenings for Halloween in Castle Rock...

What Would You Do For Free Food
Decided to look up some food articles for a change of pace...here's one I found that was pretty hilarious.  Giant inflatable Chik Fil A cow was stolen.  The owner is offe...

Outlet Charity Even This Saturday
Who said you can't shop for a good cause?  This Saturday the Castle Rock Outlets are holding the 11th Annual Shopping Extravaganza!  Music, food, shopping, prizes, shoppi...

Pet Pigs The Debate
Growing up in a rural town Nevada everyone had all kinds of animals including pot-bellied pigs.  Currently pot-bellied pigs are not allowed within residential areas.  Wha...

What Is IoT
Say what??  When I first started reading this article I had no idea what they were talking about except for the fact that "IoT" was in the title.  IoT stands for Internet...

A More Affordable Price Range May Just Be One City Away
It's amazing the difference in home prices from one city to the next!  As Buyers, most of us want it all, but can't afford it all.  Here's a tip:  make a list!  ...

A Plan To Create Affordable Housing
Although the spike in housing prices have done wonderful things for sellers, some residents have taken a hit.  In some neighborhoods it's gotten to the point where Buyers simp...

Women Better Than Men At Paying Mortgages
This is a quick little article that I thought might grab some peoples' attention.  It contains some interesting facts and numbers that do make sense.  Maybe the industry ...

10 Least And Most Affordable Housing Markets
Ready to make the move???  You may be more ready than you think after you see some of these prices!  For those of you who are looking for a fresh start and affordable hom...

Top 10 Green Neighborhoods
Here's an article about the benefits of living in a "green" home as well as a list of the top 10 green neighborhoods in the country!  If you're ready to leave Colorado and fol...

5 Reasons To Sell This Fall
This is an awesome short article that pretty much sums up what I tell people all the time!  Some Sellers are worried about selling during the Fall, Winter, etc. because they'r...

Denver Metro Housing Prices Fluxuate
The excitement and exhaustion of rising home prices is starting to level out according to the following article in the Denver post.  I believe this is great news for buyers an...

7 Ways To Improve Your Credit Score
Here's a great read on how to improve your credit score.  Maybe just reading an article isn't enough.  Some credit score links online are artificially inflated too...&nbs...

Denver Fall Festivals
With new baby in tow, I will be skipping some of my favorite Fall activities.  The one that makes the top of my list, and my family goes yearly, is Elk Fest in Estes Park! &nb...

The Real Estate Bubble Do You Believe
There is still a fear that housing prices are rising too rapidly and we're entering another real estate bubble and it's ready to burst...Thank you're lucky stars because this isn't...

Facebook Can Inspire
I know a lot of people who relieve themselves of social media because of all the drama.  I agree that it exists, but it doesn't have to.  I use Facebook daily in my perso...

The Real Estate Of Me
I have decided to post something personal every month so those of you who don't know me can get to know me.  Those of you who do know me can get to know me a little better.A f...

Suffering Saving For A Down Payment
If you have ever bought you're first home, you learn quickly that saving mass amounts of money is not easily done.  To some of you this may seem impossible!  Think again!...

Want To Live In A Famous Persons House
This person is the founder of a company that was created right here in Denver and his home is up for sale!  The home of Steve Ells, founder of Chipotle, has put his home on th...

Oh The Prairie Dogs
Ok, if you have lived in Colorado for at least a few weeks you know what I'm talking about...the prairie dogs!  They are everywhere!  Some say they are a nuisance and pes...

Time To Downsize
You may be at a point in your life where you're just surrounded by "stuff."  That's all it is is "stuff" that no longer has a special meaning.  Maybe it's time to downsiz...

Baby Number 4 Coming Soon
If you have been following my blog, which you should because most days it's very interesting, you will know that baby number 4 is almost here!  So, of course this article abou...

Fitness In Castle Rock Hits New Levels
Maybe it's just be, but I love finding new ways to workout and stay fit! It keeps things interesting and most importantly it keeps me motivated.  This latest Castle Rock busin...

What To Do In Lone Tree
The first thing that crosses most peoples' minds is visit Park Meadows, the shopping resort!  I will not deny that this is an exceptional mall with more than just shopping to ...

The Uniqueness That Is Castle Pines
For those of you that are familiar with the many cities that make up the Denver Metro area, Castle Pines is a city and world of its own.  The city is still young and was incor...

Whats Up With Heritage Square
I've lived in Colorado for almost 7 years and have regrettably never been to Heritage Square.  Unfortunately, I will never get the chance.  The famous Alpine Slide closed...

Open House Saturday August 27th
Come join me at this cute little house tomorrow from 11-2!  Fresh coffee and mini scones along with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a large backyard are on the menu!http://www.rec...

Crystal Valley Ranch Growing Again
If you have never made the trip to Castle Rock, now is the time!  And if you're looking for a wonderful new community and a new construction home or resale home make sure to c...

Childrens Activities And The Fear
Long has this topic haunted me and it's slowly growing into a monster.  After a few years of dance, this is my girls' first year in gymnastics.  So far they are loving it...

Ditch These Items To Downsize
I've been there and I'm sure most of you have too!  Downsizing is a great way to save money, start a new chapter, and just get rid of all the extra unused junk in your life. &...

Moving Back To The City
Most of the time people make the move to the "burbs" to start a family, have more space, lower the cost of living expenses, etc.  Sometimes that may not be the case.  Acc...

Making Extra Payments On Your Mortgage
It has crossed all of our minds..."I can't wait until I no longer have a mortgage payment!!"  or "I can't believe how much I'm paying in interest on my home loan??!!"  or...

Thinking About Moving To Aspen
I have always imagined what it would be like to live in one of Colorado's premiere ski towns...It pretty much looked like this with some snow in the winter.  Of course this wa...

The New Ideas Home
This home was specifically purchased and built to be in the Parade of Homes, and it's the only dream home within the city of Denver.  People are beginning to see the value in ...

The Next Eatery In The Castle Rock Promenade
Most of us are anxiously waiting to see what fills up the Promenade and the Outlets on the west side of I-25 in Castle Rock.  Not only is the co-owner of this next eatery pass...

The Beard News
I spent my college years in Las Vegas where most beards, if they existed,  were almost always trimmed very short and some very shiny for some reason.  My family and I mad...

One Colorado City Taking A Unique Approach To The Housing Shortage
Stumbled upon this article and thought it made really good sense.  The city of Wheat Ridge has changed its zoning by the light rail stop to make room for some multi-...

Think You Cannot Afford To Buy Right Now Think Again
So, many people I talk to are terrified to sell their home and buy a new one or to stop renting and buy their dream house.  Yes, it is a huge financial decision and yes, it's ...

What Would You Do With An Extra Hundred Thousand Cash
Have you been considering selling your home?  I'm sure if you ask any Realtor they will tell you now is a great time to sell!  Prices are rising and the market is hot! &n...

Is Your Home Not Worth As Much As You Think
Some of us think we live in a castle.  Maybe we do, but our house just isn't worth as much as we think.  Some of us are worried about over renovating.  If you have t...

See The Mortgage Rates For Yourself
I know I have mentioned this before, but mortgage rates are amazing!  The bidding wars and increasing sales prices may seem intimidating, but now is still a great time to buy!...

The Tiny House Movement
Never did I think I would learn so much about what people are looking for in housing, until yesterday.  The Tiny House Jamboree opened my eyes to an entire new group of very s...

Interactive Median Home Price Map
Check out this cool interactive map that shows median home prices all over the country!  It breaks down the median home price per quarter and will show you the percentage chan...

A Hidden Country Gem
I get the chance to spend the day once a year on a ranch in Kiowa.  Rolling hills, cattle, chicken, cows, pigs, horses, deer, you name it, it's probably somewhere in Kiowa. &n...

Tiny House Jamboree
I will be at the Tiny House Jamboree today in Colorado Springs!  Come check out this one of a kind event and learn everything you want to know about tiny homes.  For loca...

Are You Ready For Some Preseason Football
So, my situation is kind of unique.  I grew up mostly in Nevada where until very recently there were never any professional sports teams.  When I moved to Colorado 6 year...

Open House Sunday July 31st
Come join Kim and I for a viewing of a beautiful ranch style attached home in Saddle Rock North! 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 car attached garage, hardwoods, updated kitchen all magnific...

Mind Your Ps And Qs
Just did a Facebook post telling people to mind their ps and qs.  Then, I realized I have no idea what the "p" and the "q" stand for.  Here's a little insight:http://ment...

How To Get The Most Money Out Of Your Home
The best way to price your home is to start by involving a Realtor.  I'm not just saying this because I am one, but because Realtor's love, live and breath the market.  I...

Buying Now Versus Later
I meet a lot of people who are "just looking," but if it made sense to buy now would you?  The Colorado market is great for sellers and, although very competitive, great for b...

The Best Apps For Home Searching
I remember the days, not too long ago, with my head on my pillow late night or early morning waking up my husband to show him a house that I liked on my phone :)  More and mor...

The Working Pregnant Realtor
I thought I'd do this week's blog a little more personal.  One of the most important aspects of how I present myself as a Realtor is being REAL!  Let's get real...I'm 7 m...

The Beep In The Night
Our mortgage company sends us helpful little articles once a month.  Here's one that I thought might give most of you some peace of mind. ...

Top Summer Home Designs
Looking for a fun summer project and a way to spruce up your home?  Check out these top interior design home trends just for summer.  Liven up your living space or get it...

Have You Had Your Real Estate Reviewed Lately
Have you ever had an annual real estate review?  Think of it as a yearly check up on one of the biggest and probably the most important investment of your life.  This is ...

Is Your First Home Within Your Grasp
Have you been thinking about buying your first home?  It's scary, exciting and possibly the best investment you'll ever make.  Here's a short little article from an excel...

Open House Tomorrow In Castle Rock
Come join me tomorrow (6/4) from 10-1 in Castle Rock!  This home feature 3beds/3baths and a huge lot for only $320,000!  See you tomorrow!http://www.perfecthouseforyou.co...

What Else Is New In Castle Rock
The grand opening of the Philip S. Miller Park, off of Plum Creek Parkway, just took place, and the park is amazing.  Here's just a few things the brand new park in Castle Roc...

Open House In Parker This Saturday
Join me from 10-1 at 9555 Deerhorn Ct #2Parker, CO 80134 Stylish, beautifully maintained 2 bed/3 bath, 2-story town home. Open floor plan with kitchen, dining room and sp...

Spring Cleaning Safely In Douglas County
I don't know about you, but I always seem to have something I can sell on the internet or something that I have to have.  Once the excitement begins to ebb, I start to think a...

IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH A REALTOR
If you have ever bought, sold, leased, etc. you have been in some type of relationship with a Realtor or real estate agent.  Take a moment to reflect on that relationship...&n...

Castle Rock Signature Event Series
I am constantly looking for something new and different to do that's not too far from home.  The town of Castle Rock has come up with an entire new event series for the year 2...

Castle Rock Water Wiser
It's that time of year...time to turn on your sprinklers and spend that well earned money on water!  Not as fun as it sounds??  One of my favorite programs that the town ...

REALTOR VS Real Estate Agent
To be honest, when I was a new agent I didn't know quite what the difference was between a Realtor and a real estate agent.  Go to school, take a test, get a real estate licen...

Open House Tomorrow
Stop by 2151 Candleglow St. in Castle Rock tomorrow (4/23) from 11-2!  Nice Oakwood built 2-story home in the Meadows!  This home built in 2010 still feels like new. ...

Why Are So Many People Moving To Denver FOOD
The Denver metropolitan area offers so much more than beautiful scenery, 4 seasons of activities, and a central hub of the nation.  One of my favorite topics in the whole worl...

Oh My Rental Prices
Last night I was lying in bed checking out rental properties on Craigslist for a friend. She's currently looking in Castle Rock, Parker or Highlands Ranch.  Dang!!  ...

New Listing In Castle Rock Tomorrow
New listing in the wonderful Founders Village!  It hits the market tomorrow, and there will be an open house on Saturday (4/9) from 12-4 with cookies and coffee!  Come ch...

Open House In Sapphire Point In Castle Rock Colorado
Open house tomorrow from 11-2 in Sapphire Point!  Come see this beautiful home with amazing upgrades!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Os9BI-zc6MQhttp://realtor.com/realestatean...

First Time Home Buying Tips
Stumbled across this article today.  It does have a little be of advertising, but just skip over that to get to the goods.  The article has some great tips on how to prep...

The Move
Here's a great short article that helped explained some of the growth we're having here in Castle Rock.  I'm so excited for our small little BIG town and the changes it's goin...

Running Castle Rock Plum Creek Trail
Every Monday, this is one of my favorite trails to duck down into.  Sneak below the streets of Castle Rock from multiple points in the town.  Plum Creek Trail offers 6 mi...

Meet The Running Realtor
Hi I'm Stephanie!  Welcome!  I'm a mother of 3 (soon to be 4), and a wife of almost 12 years.  I currently live in Castle Rock, CO and never plan to leave.  I e...


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