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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, September 17th, 2019.

verything You Need to Know About Refinancing Your HomeIf you have a loan of any type, whether that's a home loan or a car loan, then you've probably heard a thing or two about refinancing a home mortgage. Knowing what refinancing is and how it can benefit you is an important part of budgeting. After you've owned your home for a while and have built up equity in the property, you may be able to take advantage of a refi. Before you get started with the refi process, you should understand what it is and what it entails. Here's what you need to know.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

What Is Refinancing?

Refinancing is what happens when a homeowner uses a new loan to pay off their old home loan,

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, September 10th, 2019.

Where to Go for the Best Bargain Shopping in Durango, COFlea markets are always going to be a time investment for shoppers, but those who go already know the time they invest is half the fun. It's the thrill of the hunt that makes shopping at the markets so rewarding, especially when shoppers end up finding exactly what they're looking for. Those searching for the best flea markets in Durango, Colorado should make it a point to add these favorites to their list.

Durango Flea Market

The official Durango Flea Market is held at La Plata Fairgrounds every Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (from May through October). Shoppers will have plenty of chances to peruse the tables through the warmer months and discover all types of amazing products. From the functional to the bizarre, this flea market attracts

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019.

What Do Sellers Have to Tell Home Buyers?When sellers are assessing their properties for sale, they may wonder what they need to disclose to the buyers. From flooding to mold, all homes hide their fair share of secrets, and sellers may not always be eager to confess it all. However, trying to hide the uglier parts of the structure can end up being a legal mistake that can cost a seller dearly. Learn more about the rules of disclosure, and why sellers are encouraged to tell it like it is.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

The State of the Matter

What a seller has to disclose is dependent upon the state in which the property is located. However, most states will break down the

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, August 27th, 2019.

4 Fun September Events to Enjoy in Durango, ColoradoAt the start of the fall, Durango, Colorado comes alive with fun events to attend in September. These events give everyone in the community reason to come together and have a lot of fun. With so many options to consider, it can be difficult to know which ones to choose. To help out, residents and tourists are welcome to use this guide about the best September events in Durango CO.

Autumn Arts Festival

Hosted by the Durango Art Center, the Autumn Arts Festival is set to kick off its 25th year running on September 21st through 22nd. With this festival taking place all along 2nd Avenue, there will be an endless line of vendors showcasing their wares and foods for all to enjoy.

Visitors can view all the beautiful artwork around them to their

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, August 20th, 2019.

Buying a Home with a Septic Tank?Septic tanks are a solution for those homes not hooked up to a municipal waste system and a surprisingly common feature found in urban, suburban and rural homes. With almost 20 percent of homeowners having a septic tank serving their home, people are not as wary of septic tanks as one may think. Homeowners, rather than the town or city government, is responsible for managing a septic tank. A benefit of having a septic tank is that an owner does not need to pay municipal sewer fees. Learn more about what to expect when buying a home, especially in a tight housing market, with a septic tank.

Septic Tank Basics

All the wastewater of a home will be transferred to a septic tank. Materials will begin to separate and settle, with solids settling and

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, August 13th, 2019.

Where to Find the Most Relaxing Spas in DurangoSometimes it just makes sense to take a day off from the chaos of everyday life and escape for a while. The spas in Durango, Colorado offer a picturesque outdoor setting of course, but it's the services that are sure to put every client in a better mood. The money and time spent at a spa will last for far longer than the length of the service. Visitors may find they're able to handle stress better days or even weeks after they really take some time to themselves. Here are just a few locations that fit the bill.

Woodhouse

Woodhouse sets the mood immediately by ushering you into their quiet room. Guests can enjoy a refreshing alcoholic beverage or tea as they take in the majesty of the Animas River. Those who sign up for a manicure, massage, or

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, August 6th, 2019.

What to Expect from a Home AppraisalFor most people, completing the home buying process will involve getting an appraisal for the property they want to buy. This is a common way for the buyer and the lender to determine if the home is priced appropriately for its value. Like many aspects of home buying, the appraisal has a lot of individual factors that can affect the final result. Here's what buyers need to know about appraisals, so they can better prepare for this step.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

What Is an Appraisal?

An appraisal is a detailed estimate of a home's value. It is typical for anyone who wants to buy a piece of property that is expensive or is likely to

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019.

Wrap Up Summer With a Bang at These 3 Durango, CO Events in AugustAs summer winds down, the city of Durango heats up for one final hurrah in August with an array of fun and unique festivities ranging from family friendly to adults only. Here are three top Durango, CO events to wrap up the season with before the cooler weather arrives.

Bring the Family to the La Plata County Fair

August 7-11, 2019 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds the family event of the year will finally be here! Head out to the La Plata County Fair to view the most prized farm animals in the county including cattle, pigs, goats, rabbits, chickens and many more. Agriculturists will also be showing off their season's bounty, and there will be prizes and scholarship money galore for top winners in each category.

Kick up your heels at the

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, July 16th, 2019.

Put every advantage to use when selling a home including virtual reality.Imagine if a prospective buyer could walk through your house, without having to travel to get there. Imagine if you could show your home without having to clean it each time and disrupt your family's schedule? Imagine if more people could see your home, in detail, even if they lived out of the state or the country? These are just some of the benefits virtual reality can bring to the sale of your home, especially in a buyers market.

What is Virtual Reality?

Virtual reality is an immersive technology that allows users to “walk through” an entire home and property. Virtual visitors can look up, down and around each room, “move” from room to room, and even take a tour of the front and backyards. It is as close as one can get to being in the house as

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Friday, July 12th, 2019.

Where to Go Shopping in DurangoRetail therapy has long been known to cure the ailments of the heart and soul. From residents who are looking to spend a day shopping in their hometown to visitors who are searching for the perfect souvenir to remember their trip by, there's always someone who is looking to spend a bit of money on something fun in Durango.

These are the best shopping locations in Durango, CO:

Durango Antique Market

For more than 10 years, the Durango Antique Market has been providing travelers and residents alike with the opportunity to purchase vintage items and authentic antiques from local vendors. This market is consistently rated as one of the best antiques stores in Durango, and it often boasts a full supply of jewelry, glassware, home decor, antiques

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