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Veterans Day

11/11/2016

Real Estate 101: By the agent who lives here, plays here, owns here!

 

 

A sincere thank you to all of the veterans, past, present and future! Re/Max Red Rebecca Guthrie 970-485-4141

Services of Re/Max Red...

7/13/2016

Real Estate 101: By the agent who lives here, plays here, owns here!

Re/Max Red is kicking the year off with more services!  Effective January 1, 2016, Re/Max Red will now have 24/7, 365 showing coverage.  What does this mean for clients?  It means the showing line is always answered and the showing is always considered!   Additionally Re/Max has now changed their lock box system to an electronic lock box system, SentriLock.  This provides guaranteed access to showing brokers (local or out of town), showing feedback and a greater sense of security with the unique code system. 

We strive to make our clients experience professional and superior.  Needing more information or have an idea for a topic, give us a call!

Rebecca Guthrie, Broker / Owner (970) 485-4141, [email protected]

Hot Water Heaters...

7/13/2016

Real Estate 101: By the agent who lives here, plays here, owns here!

There are millions of traditional gas and electric hot water heaters in residential homes and there are regular maintenance tasks that can be performed that will help prolong the life and lower energy costs.  Water heaters should be flushed periodically to eliminate mineral deposits that can accumulate at the bottom of the tank.  Flush sediment from water heaters every 6 months, or according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  If a lot of sediment is seen during flushing, increase the frequency.  If little or no sediment is seen, decrease the frequency. 

By simply lowering the water heater temperature can lower your utility bill.  For each ten degree temperature reduction, homeowners can save three to five percent in operating costs.  A temperature of 120 degrees is generally considered optimal and safe. 

Tiger Home Inspections can be reached at (970) 513-4444.

Needing more information or have an idea for a topic, give us a call!

Rebecca Guthrie, Broker / Owner (970) 485-4141, [email protected]

HAPPY 4th of JULY!!!

7/4/2016

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!

Inspection Readiness

6/29/2016

Real Estate 101: By the agent who lives here, plays here, owns here!

When preparing your home for sale, it is important to appeal visually to buyers, but also show that your home has been well maintained.  Below are some inspection tips, from Tiger Home Inspections, that might help your home show better as well.

 

  1. Confirm that all utilities are on: water, electric and gas service.
  2. Make sure that all gas appliances have gas pilot lights burning (if applicable – some devices may have an electronic ignition).
  3. Ensure pets won’t hinder the inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from the premises or secured in a cage.
  4. Replace burned out bulbs to avoid a “Light is out” comment that may suggest an electrical problem.
  5. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace dead batteries.
  6. Re-secure loose outlets, light fixtures, and switches.
  7. Replace missing switch, outlet, and junction box covers.
  8. Clean or replace dirty filters in the heating and air conditioning systems.
  9. Re-secure loose door and window hardware.
  10. Lubricate sliding and moving parts of the doors and windows to ensure smooth operation.
  11. Remove items blocking access to heating systems, electric service panels, water heaters, attics, crawl spaces, closets, and fenced yards. Unlock doors, hatches and gates.
  12. Install all window and exterior door screens (if they are readily available at the property).

 

Tiger Home Inspections can be reached at 970-513-4444.

Shop local with the only locally owned real estate company, Re/Max Red.

Rebecca Guthrie, Broker / Owner (970) 485-4141, [email protected]

Radon in Colorado

6/24/2016

Real Estate 101: By the agent who lives here, plays here, owns here!

Colorado on average tests above the allowed 4.0 pCi/L for radon gas (http://www.radon.com/maps).  Whether you rent or own your home, all owners should be aware.  Why?  Studies have linked exposure to radon gas with lung cancer, in smokers and non-smokers.  Homeowners can test for radon gas themselves, fairly inexpensively.  Tri-River Ace and NW Ranch both offer at home kits ranging from ($11.99 - $20.00).  Radon is most commonly found in basement or crawl space areas and can be present in all homes regardless of the age.  Typically radon is higher in winter months as homes tend to have less fresh air. 

There are various contractors that mitigate radon; there are also online homeowner suggestions for mitigation (http://www.indoor-air-health-advisor.com/radon-mitigation-systems.html).  Currently the state does not require testing for radon by the buyer, seller, tenant or landlord.  It is better to be aware!

We are excited to provide for you this weekly column.  Please call if you have any questions or would like more information:

Rebecca Guthrie, Broker / Owner (970) 485-4141, [email protected]

Kremmling Days

6/14/2016

Well Kremmling Days are coming up this weekend!  For a list of activities visit the chamber website at: KREMMLING CHAMBER!  Have a great weekend!!

HOT Market

4/1/2016

The market is getting hot!  Inventory is getting thin, give me a call for your free market analysis or to get your property listed today!  Re/Max Red (970) 485-4141

Colorado Real Estate....

4/1/2016

Real Estate 101: By the agents who live here, play here, own here!

Colorado Real Estate is unique for many reasons, just to name a couple: water rights and sales tax.  Grand County, for the most part, is party of Division 5 Water District (Colorado River Basin).  Water rights are considered a valuable and complicated attribute.  True water rights may be bought and sold independent of any real property (land, home, etc.), these are independent of wells.  There are also many types of wells, household, domestic / livestock, etc.  These are transferred with the property on which they are located.  When moving to Colorado from another state, a buyer may not realize that they must have a domestic / livestock well in order to legally water horses, etc.  To qualify for a new domestic / livestock well, the well must be located on at least 35 acres.  You may also acquire a home on less than 35 acres, with a domestic well, if the well was designated with domestic attributes.  Below is a link for more information about wells and water rights within Colorado.  http://water.state.co.us/dwripub/documents/wellpermitguide.pdf

Colorado also requires that title companies withhold 2% for state tax on any properties sold by non-residents.  This may sometimes become an issue when Colorado residents are retiring and maintaining 2 households while transitioning to another state or it is a second home.  http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite?blobcol=urldata&blobheader=application%2Fpdf&blobkey=id&blobtable=MungoBlobs&blobwhere=1251933640663&ssbinary=true

These are just a couple of examples of Colorado’s unique real estate market.  If you have any questions or concerns, let Re/Max Red help guide you….

Rebecca Guthrie, Broker / Owner (970) 485-4141, [email protected]

Curb Appeal

3/25/2016

Real Estate 101: By the agents who live here, play here, own here!

As spring approaches, warmer weather will allow for more outside projects around your home.  Why not ensure your "honey-do" projects are adding curb appeal (and value)?  Take a look at your property as if you've never seen it before - what are the best features?  Can you enhance or highlight them?  What are your home's worst features - can they be improved or minimized?  Most properties would benefit from an outside spring cleaning - consider power washing the exterior of your home, clean out gutters and be sure they are in good repair, trim back trees or shrubbery as needed, clear out flower beds and add mulch if needed.  If you're looking for a larger impact, repainting or replacing the front door can change the look of your home's entry, and updating hardware (house number, lockset, light fixture, etc) can add oomph.  You might consider adding outdoor lighting, or plants in containers along the entryway.  Consider the impact of symmetry as you are making your improvements. 

We are excited to provide for you this weekly column.  Please call if you have any questions or would like more information:

Rebecca Guthrie, Broker / Owner (970) 485-4141, [email protected]

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