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Should I Offer a "Paint & Carpet" Allowance Instead of Actually Doing the Work?

August 29th, 2009

Question: “Should I offer a “paint and carpet” allowance instead of actually doing the work?”

JA: Homesellers- I feel for ya. When you’re getting your home ready for market, the to-do list seems endless, doesn’t it? The last thing you want to do is to relocate your furniture to refinish the floors or take down all your artwork to paint the walls.

It would be much easier to just offe ...

What's the Big Deal with Family Photos?

August 29th, 2009

The article below was contributed by Geri Bigum of Staging Denver. Staging Denver is ONLY the very best homestaging company in Denver, and, in my opinion, anywhere in the world. Okay, okay, maybe I’m biased because I had a hand in creating the company back in the 90’s, but seriously - these gals are good. While I’m not involved in the company any more, I enthusiastically recommend their servi ...

Should You Hire a "Listing Specialist" to Sell Your Denver Home?

August 29th, 2009

Many real estate agents market themselves as “listing specialists” - that is - they focus mainly on marketing houses for sale instead of working with buyers. Many “listing specialists” hire buyer agents to work for them, to handle the calls they receive from their many For Sale signs.

On the surface, this sounds logical; after all, don’t we all want a “specialist” to represent us when we’re ...

Denver's Best Built Home - The Hutchinson!

August 5th, 2009

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Contributed by Mary Beth Bonacci, CRS, RE/MAX Alliance




I grew up in a Hutchinson.

Many of you who grew up in Denver are nodding. For the rest of you, I’ll explain.

Hutchinson Homes built houses here in the Metro Denver area from the 1950’s until the early ‘80’s. They built a lot of houses. If you’ve spent any time in Denver at all, you’ve seen a Hutchins ...

How Long Does it Take to Sell a House in Denver?

August 5th, 2009

"What's the average Days on Market in Denver? That is, how long will it take my house to sell?"

In real estate-speak, "days on market," (abbreviated DOM) means how many days it takes from the day a house goes on the market until the day it goes "under contract" (that is, when a buyer and seller agree on a purchase contract). Of course, after a home goes under contract, there are still a few ...

Houses Aren't Pet Rocks!

July 29th, 2009

Back in 1997, one of my first seller clients asked me the question: "Jennifer, I assume our house will sell quickly because it's so cute (it was), but if it doesn't sell right away, what will you do?"

Hmmmmmmmm. Hell, I dunno. I was a green bean agent; I'd only had one other listing in my career and didn't have a clue. I came up with something that probably sounded like this: "I'll do a brok ...

3810 Umatilla Street, Denver, CO

April 21st, 2009

I just finished uploading this Single Family Home for sale, 3810 Umatilla Street, Denver, CO

If you're looking for old world charm, you must see this wonderful Highlands home! Untouched woodwork throughout, high ceilings, leaded glass windows, two clawfoot tubs, vintage fireplace with original mantle & tile. Spacious rooms and plenty of storage. Two car garage, too!

My Fifteen Minutes of Fame Coming Soon!

January 6th, 2009

Coming in February - My 15 Minutes of Fame!  

Here's a link to an article that (rumor has it) will be featured in next month's REALTOR Magazine.  

I think it came out very well!

(Okay, I'll stop patting myself on the back now and get back to selling houses.)

New to Blogging? Don't be DORKY!

January 6th, 2009

DORKY: A style of writing, primarily used in self-promotion, which is predictable, boring, boilerplate or just plain blah.

Are you self-employed and considering Blogging for Business? 

New bloggers often worry about many things... what voice to use, what topics to write about, how often to post, which keywords to sprinkle. But y'know what? The beauty of successful blogging is tha ...

Do You Use Outlook Express? Watch Your SENT Folder!

January 2nd, 2009

I'm addicted to my Outlook Express. Been using it for, oh, probably ten years now. It was a oereal surprise to me to discover that other people DON'T use good old OE! To me Email = Outlook Express.

Well, about a month ago, I started having problems sending messages. If you were communicating with me during that time, you might remember getting ten identical emails from me at a time, one ...

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