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September 2016

Found 14 blog entries for September 2016.

By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Friday, September 30th, 2016.

Upgrade Plain Doors DIY If you're living in a home built after World War II, odds are good that you have a hollow core door or two inside. These doors are popular because they are lightweight and inexpensive, but they also are often dull and generic.

The typical hollow core door is made of medium-brown lauan with a bright, brass doorknob. It's a style that's definitely dated.  

If you're interested in adding custom doors to your home for a more cohesive design but are put off by the price tag attached to replacing all of your interior doors at once, don't despair. Try these three DIY upgrades to turn your existing hollow core doors into a part of a fresh, new look for your home.

Step 1: Add Trim

If you like the look of paneled doors, you can fake it by adding

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Friday, September 30th, 2016.

It's no secret that many people move to Durango for the stunning natural beauty that fills the entire Southwest Colorado landscape. But with that peaceful tranquility also comes isolation, so it's important for some home owners to go the extra mile when it comes to feeling safe and sound once moving to the area.

One of the simplest and most effective ways to stay safe is to install outdoor security camera around the perimeter of your home. In many instances, the sight of an outdoor security camera on your Durango home will deter burglars altogether, however, should the unexpected happen, your cameras can also help provide police and other investigators with valuable information to either prosecute a thief or even help retrieve anything stolen from your

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, September 28th, 2016.

Contingency Contracts in Real Estate When buying or selling a home, you may expect the process to be a pretty straightforward event. However, while most home buying and selling opportunities unfold more or less in a similar way, there are times when items such as a contingency clause might come into play.

Here's what you need to know about contingency clauses and how they might affect you during the buying or selling process.

What is a Contingency Clause?

Knowing what a contingency clause is before you begin the process of buying or selling a home provides you with useful information that is important to be aware of. In its simplest terms, a contingency clause states that the real estate contract is legal and binding only if a particular action or condition has been met.

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Monday, September 26th, 2016.

Home Selling in Winter Even though spring's bright green grass and blooming flowers can provide an appealing backdrop for marketing your home, sometimes life interferes and homes need to be sold in the fall or winter season, instead.

If you are planning to sell your home soon and worried about the effect winter will have on your ability to find a great buyer and get the best possible price, the following tips will help you counteract issues associated with cold weather sales and enjoy the best possible selling experience.

Winter Issue #1: Making Short, Dreary Days Seem Longer

One of the most difficult issues in selling during the winter is overcoming the impact of short, dreary winter days. Unlike the longer days of summer, winter home viewings in late

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Sunday, September 25th, 2016.

New Homes In Durango Although 2016 has been a fairly good year for the Durango real estate market as a whole, new construction specifically has been a totally different story. According to recent reports, the city of Durango has issued just 27 permits through the month of August, which is the fewest number of single-family building permits handed out since 2012. For reference, only 19 permits were issued back in 2012, while 44 were issued in 2013, and 45 issued in 2015. 

Despite the slowdown in Durango, single-family construction throughout La Plata County has actually been on the rise in 2016, especially in communities like Bayfield and neighborhoods such as Edgemont Highlands, which sits just outside Durango’s city limits. 

So far in 2016, Bayfield has already issued

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Saturday, September 24th, 2016.

Durango Buyers Market StrongEvery month, the National Association of REALTORS® releases what’s known as the REALTORS® Confidence Index, which continues to be a reliable indicator of how strong the market is based on survey responses from over 50,000 real estate practitioners. Throughout the survey, questions are asked about expectations for home sales, prices in practitioners’ local market, and various other topics relating to current market conditions. 

Earlier this week, the National Association of REALTORS® published the Confidence Index from August, and as you might expect, the general consensus is that most markets are still seeing a strong buyer demand while, inventory continues to be an issue heading into what’s usually a busy time of year for the real estate market all

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Thursday, September 22nd, 2016.

Underwater Home Selling and Options Selling a home can be tough under any circumstances; however, selling a home where the mortgage is more than the value of the home (being "underwater" or "upside-down") adds a whole new meaning to tough.

Many people believe they can't possibly sell their home if they owe more than what their home is worth. However, that's simply not the case. It's true, however, that it is more difficult to sell a home that's underwater, but it's not impossible. 

When making large financial decisions, make sure to contact a professional to see what works with your specific situation.

Home Selling Options if You Are Underwater

1. Short Sale

Probably the most common option for selling a home that is underwater is a short sale. Talk with your lender to

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, September 21st, 2016.

It’s hard t believe it’s that time of year already, but here we are gearing back up for the annual Parade of Homes event! Once again being hosted by the Home Builders Association of Southwest Colorado, this year marks the 13th year for the Parade of Homes, which will take place Friday September 23rd through Sunday September 25th. 

Homes all over the area, both new and remodeled, will be on display and regardless of whether you’re in the market for a new home or not, the Parade of Homes is an excellent opportunity to see what’s out there and learn more about what features and finishes home builders are implementing in today’s new construction houses. If you’re also thinking about doing a remodel to your existing home, the Parade of Homes can also give

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, September 20th, 2016.

Durango Timeshares For SaleIf you’re looking for an affordable way to purchase vacation property for sale in Durango, taking a closer look at available timeshares might be a viable option to consider. In general, the thought of owning a vacation home or condo may sound appealing on the surface, but the maintenance and on-going management of solely owning a property can often seem daunting. 

For many buyers, a timeshare may be the perfect alternative to individually buying a second home or condominium residence, especially after you weigh a timeshare’s affordability. But before you make any sort of long-term decision, let’s first take a closer look at what a timeshare in Durango has to offer. 

If you’re not fully up-to-speed on what exactly a timeshare is, the basic concept is

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Sunday, September 18th, 2016.

Durango Vacation Homes For Sale Durango and much of the southwest Colorado region has evolved into a top tourist destination not just in the winter, but all year long. From hitting the slopes after a heavy snowfall to enjoying a plethora of hiking and mountain biking trails in the summer, there’s certainly no shortage of things to do outside all throughout our region. 

Many outdoor enthusiasts around the country have taken notice of Southwest Colorado’s awesome outdoor amenities and its now widely considered to be a top choice when looking to invest in a vacation property. But before you ultimately decide to pull the trigger on owning a second home, here are a few quick tips to keep in mind. 

Spend plenty of time here before buying. 

We’ll be the first to say that after just

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