Barb Buller's Blog Posts

Why Getting Preapproved Should Be Your First Step

In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where

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The Real Reason Home Prices Are Going Up

There are many unsubstantiated theories as to why home values are continuing to increase. From those who are worried that lending standards are again becoming too lenient (data shows this is

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DIY Tips For Dealing With Fall Leaves And Foliage

When October rolls around, the leaves begin to change, the air becomes crisp, and the apple cider flows like water. While you enjoy the autumn weather, don’t forget to take some time to stay

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Accessory Dwelling Units ADUs Could Be The Wave Of The Future

There’s a lot of talk about how to solve the “affordable housing” crisis, but one solution has been around for centuries. There’s also one thing that has been slowing down the implementation

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Veterans Affairs Loans By The Numbers

Some Highlights: Since the creation of the VA Home Loans Program, 22 million veterans have been able to achieve the American Dream of homeownership. So far in 2017, $188 billion has been loaned to

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3 Ways To Stage Your Home For Success

Think about the last time you had friends over for dinner. Chances are in the hour leading up to it you were vacuuming, wiping surfaces, arranging the decorative couch pillows, putting things in

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5 Reasons Homeownership Makes Cents

The American Dream of homeownership is alive and well. Recent reports show that the US homeownership rate has rebounded from recent lows and is

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Multigenerational Households May Be The Answer To Price Increases

Multigenerational homes are coming back in a big way! In the 1950s, about 21%, or 32.2 million Americans shared a roof with their grown children or parents. According to an article by 

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THE TOP 3 REASONS YOU SHOULD INVEST IN PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE REPAIR FOR YOUR FURNACE

The furnace is your ultimate companion during winter. This is because it keeps the entire house warm and can protect you from the freezing cold. On the other hand, the furnace is like any other

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10 Surpising Cities Where Home Values Are Skyrocketing

What are you hankering for when you buy a home? Good space and great bones? You bet. Nice neighborhoods and highly rated schools? Check. Maybe even some awesome shiplap design notes? No

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OPEN HOUSE THIS WEEKEND NOVEMBER 4TH

Beautiful, roomy condo in a great location, Approximately 2 miles to the Cherry Creek Shopping District and great restaurants. Walking distance to everything, swimming pool and a club house

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The Worlds Most Expensive Home Is On The Market

The sprawling estate in the South of France will only cost you a cool R15.3 Billion.Could this be the world’s most expensive home? Propgoluxury.com reports that Villa Les Cèdres – The

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Why Sell Now Instead Of Later The Buyers Are Out Now

Each year, most homeowners wait until the spring to sell their houses because they believe that they can get a better deal during the normal spring buyer’s market. However, recently released

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Your Guide To EnergyEfficient Home Heating Systems

Heating the home in winter is one of the biggest household expenses. According to the EPA, 42% of the energy we use at home is for heating. While energy costs have risen, the improved energy

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The Number 1 Reason To List Your House Now

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released the results of their latest Existing Home Sales Report which revealed that sales rose 0.7% month-over-month, but remain 1.5%

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7 Pricing Myths You Need To Get Past If You Want To Sell Your Home

When homeowners are preparing to put their properties on the market, one aspect is usually foremost in their minds: money. Setting the asking price accurately can mean the difference between getting

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Dont Let Fear Stop You From Applying For A Mortgage

A considerable number of potential buyers shy away from jumping into the real estate market due to their uncertainty about the buying process. A specific cause for concern tends to be mortgage

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The Best Floors For Active Pet

The best flooring for dogs and other four-legged friends is, among other things, durable. Popular varieties of beautiful hardwood and luxurious wool carpets don't stand

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5 Most Common Questions About MortgagesAnswered

Not exactly sure how a mortgage works? Don’t feel bad—the average home buyer doesn’t either. The whole process is filled with head-scratching questions, from how big a down payment has to

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9 Things Typical Homeowners Insurance Doesnt Actually Cover

Think your home insurance policy covers every mishap that can come your way? Keep thinking, friends.The exact instances that are and aren't covered by typical home insurance

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Pick The Perfect Paint Color

The perfect paint color is fundamental to your interior design. Image: Mary Bona – Design FindLet’s face it: Picking the right paint color is important. There’s no denying the shade we pick to

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Haunted Houses A Lot Of People Dont Mind

The realtor.com® headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., is located very close to one of the most famous haunted houses in America, the Winchester Mystery House. A visit to the estate not

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Buying To What You Qualify For Vs What You Can Afford

Most of us are familiar with at least the initial part of purchasing a home.  You may be happy to hear that you qualify for a 500K house.  The next thought should be, should you spend the

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The Cost Of Renting Vs Buying A Home

Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (29.2%) vs.

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Buyer Beware Reasons You May Not Want To Sign Up For Amazon Key

Amazon Key, announced last week, will allow customers to receive deliveries inside their homes while they're out. The service involves smart locks to grant temporary access

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Renting Or Buying Either Way Youre Paying Someones Mortgage

There are some people who have not purchased homes yet because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents

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Pet Friendly Activities In Denver

Spend any time in Denver and you'll find that one of the few things locals like more than hiking, skiing and drinking local microbrews are their dogs. It's not unusual for dogs to

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Things To Do In Denver In November

 Having a small kitchen may be a challenge as it may limit you from fully stocking the kitchen. Storage and organization is a major factor in looking for a home. So if you’re buying one,

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Buying A Home Can Be Scary Unless You Know The Facts

Some Highlights:Many potential homebuyers believe that they need a 20% down payment and a 780 FICO® score to qualify to buy a home, which stops many of them from even trying! Here are some facts:

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Home Maintenance Checklist

When buying a home, most people probably first think of the financial responsibility. Don’t let yourself forget, however, about the time and labor that home ownership also requires. Just like

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This Styling Trick Has The Most Impact On Living Room Furniture Arrangements

The living room is the centerpiece of your home. It's one of the first things guests see when they enter and where they're most likely to spend the majority of their visit. Through design and

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Millennials Flock Towards Low Down Payment Programs

A report released by Down Payment Resource shows that 61% of first-time homebuyers purchased their homes with a down payment of 6% or less.The trend continued among all buyers

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Time To Sell Or Remodel Empty Nesters

Your children have finally moved out and you and your spouse now live alone in a four-bedroom colonial (or a similar type of house). You have two choices to make: Remodel your house to fit your

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You Do Not Need 20 Percent Down To Buy Right Now

The Aspiring Home Buyers Profile from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) found that the American public is still somewhat confused about what is required to qualify for a

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Family Halloween Fun In Denver

Looking to entertain your little monsters during Halloween? From the Chatfield Corn Maze to Boo at the Zoo, check out fun events for children and the whole family in the Mile High City.Boo at the

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Adult Halloween Fun In Denver

Get ready for Halloween 2017! It’s October and time to have some full fun at a Halloween costume party or event. Choose from a wild adult party or some family friendly Halloween activities around

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Buying A Home Is 35 Percent Less Expensive Than Buying

In the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia, they explained that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage throughout the 100 largest

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5 Reasons To Not For Sale By Owner

In today’s market, with homes selling quickly and prices rising some homeowners might consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There

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HEY MILLENNIAL HOMEOWNERS IT MAY BE TIME TO SELL

Contrary to what many believe, Millennials are not the ‘renter’ generation. Millennials purchased a larger percentage (34%) of homes in the U.S. than any

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Easy Ways To Save For A Down Payment

By Kevin Mercadante  • January 26, 2017          When buying a house, offering a big down payment can save you a lot of money in the long run.

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Effectively Using A Comparative Market Analysis

CMA Comparative Market AnalysisHow to Use a CMA Comparative Market AnalysisAlan Copson/Photodisc/Getty ImagesBy Elizabeth Weintraub Updated November 06, 2016Before putting a home on the market

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FREE Homebuyers Class

Are you thinking about buying your first home? Do you want a better understanding of the process? Join us for a free seminar that will cover;Different loan types, FHA, VA,,

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8 Common Mistakes When Selling Your Home

If your home is struggling to catch the eye of a buyer, it could be for an entirely valid reason. Maybe you're stuck in a sluggish market or have the poshest place on the block (always a tough).

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Homeownership Is A Good Financial Investment

According to a recent report by Trulia, “buying is cheaper than renting in 100 of the largest metro areas by an average of 33.1%.” The report may have some

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Heres Why You Should Buy

Real Estate mogul, Sean Conlon, host of The Deed: Chicago on CNBC, was recently asked the question, should you buy? Or should you rent a house?Conlon responded: “I am a true believer that you

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If You Are Thinking About Relocating To Or Within The Denver Area

There is no doubt that Denver is a desirable place to live right now. The scenery, overall affordability, job market, and climate all play a huge part in making our community popular. It is an

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To Sell Or Not To Sell

 Thinking of Selling? Now Is the Time to ActIf you thought about selling your house this year, now may be the time to do it. The inventory of homes for sale is well below historic norms and

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Selecting A Listing Agent For Your Home

The Myth of the Highest Suggested List PriceAgents can't tell you how much yourhome will sell for. That's a fallacy. A listing agent can show you comparable sales, pending sales, and active sales.

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Tips For Selling Your Home

Know your local Real Estate Market – What’s happening in your local market? If you don’t know, make sure your Realtor knows. If your Realtor doesn’t know, find another Realtor who does know.

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Tips For Identifying The Next Hot Real Estate Market

   Proximity to nice neighborhoods. One way to scout for diamonds in the rough is to identify the rundown neighborhoods that border the highly desired ones. Areas that surround

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Helping Kids Deal With A Move

Before Your Move:· Get information about the new place. Gather information from the local Chamber of Commerce, Welcome Wagon (if Welcome Wagons are still around) and Board of Realtors.· Tell,

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Mythbusters 1

You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy NOW!    A survey by Ipsos found that the American public is still somewhat confused about what is required to qualify for a home mortgage loan

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Preparing Your Home For Sale On A Budget

Home Selling on a Budget Starts with the ExteriorFirst impressions count. That's why your yard needs to be inviting. Trim back the bushes and trees, especially if they block views from the windows

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MOVING TIPS

CORDS-Take a picture of cords that are going into sound systems, computers, printers, television and electronic components, etc. BEFORE disconnecting them. Pack in a separate bag or box keep with

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