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November 2016

Found 10 blog entries for November 2016.

By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, November 30th, 2016.

How to Fix Your Credit Bad credit can be a problem when it comes to buying a first home. A low credit score and negative credit history can make it difficult to get a mortgage or get a good interest rate. Repairing your credit can open up possibilities that make home purchases possible.

The following tips will help you build back your credit and establish a good credit score.

Give Yourself Time

Good credit doesn't happen overnight; it may take several months before your credit score begins to improve. To ensure that you’re financially ready to buy a home when the time comes, give yourself time before beginning the house hunting process. Allowing your credit score time to improve will help ensure that you’ll be in a good position to buy when the time comes. 

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, November 29th, 2016.

Durango New Construction HomesWhile sales for newly built single-family homes have been on an upward trend since last year, recently released numbers from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau are showing a slight decline in sales numbers during the month of October. 

Specifically, sales of new construction single-family homes in the U.S. dropped by nearly 2% in October of 2016, bringing the seasonally adjusted annual rate to 563,000 units. Regionally, however, sales out west for new homes fared much better than just about every other part of the county, and was in fact the only region to actually show gains. 

According to reports, sales declined by 9.1% in the northeast, 13.7% in the midwest, and 3% in the south. But out here in the

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Saturday, November 26th, 2016.

Now that the Thanksgiving holiday is officially in the rear-view mirror, many Durango home owners are about to tackle one of the season’s greatest challenges: hanging up Christmas lights. Once finished, the end result is festive, fun, and can really brighten up your Durango home during one of the best times of the year. But as you may already know, getting to that point can sometimes turn holiday cheer into an overload of frustration. 

To avoid all the stress and headaches that sometimes relate to hanging Christmas lights, here’s a few quick tips to keep in mind that will help make the process easy, effective, and efficient. 

Spend a significant amount of time prepping

First thing’s first—lay out all your gear, take all your measurements, check

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Friday, November 25th, 2016.

Durango Holiday Events If you haven’t gotten your fill of holiday shopping yet, the Winter Solstice Artisan Market kicks off yet another season today, which is a fabulous opportunity for Durango residents to shop local when looking for great gift ideas this year. What’s grown into a signature event in Durango, the Winter Solstice Artisan Market is an annual tradition that’s put on by the one-and-only Durango Arts Center, which continues to create, promote, and participate in some of the city’s most highly-anticipated cultural events.  

As usual, the Winter Solstice Artisan Market will offer unique and original fine art, crafts, ceramics, jewelry, textiles, and other hand-made products and gifts from over 40 regional artists. Ornaments and other holidays gifts will also be

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016.

Home Buying With Someone Else Anyone who has bought their own home will tell you it is a very subjective process. When you are buying a home with another person, you may face differences of opinion that make choosing a house more difficult.

Settle these four things before you start your search, and you will have a much smoother buying process.

Establish Full Financial Honesty

Buying a home is typically an opportunity to you look at your finances more closely than you have in years. After you've decided on a home is not a good time to discover that you or your buying partner have not been on the same page about your use of money. Studies indicate that money is the biggest stressor in a partnership. Put the stress of home buying together with some oversights in

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, November 15th, 2016.

Main Mall Durango Holiday FestivalIt’s hard to believe the holiday season is right around the corner, but here we are, just a week out from Thanksgiving with Christmas not far behind. This year, Main Mall in Durango is planning some holiday festivities that will take place every Saturday this holiday season, starting with the Saturday following the Thanksgiving holiday.

Holiday-themed vendors, family-friendly arts and crafts activities, and of course photos with Santa Claus will all be a part of the fun, and organizers are also planning to have different musical entertainment for shoppers to enjoy each week as well.

If all goes according to plan, the special Main Mall holiday festivities will run for at least four consecutive weeks up until Christmas, but could run through the winter

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Sunday, November 13th, 2016.

Sherwin-Williams 2017 Color of the YearEvery New Year is traditionally thought of as a new beginning, and regardless of whether this year’s resolution involves living a healthier lifestyle or finally getting around to knocking out a few projects around the house, there’s nothing quite like hitting the reset button and getting a fresh start, no matter what your plans are for 2017. 

If you’re someone who’s more focused on the latter, though, and plan on finally tackling some of those long-overdue home improvement projects next year, throwing up a fresh coat of paint all throughout the inside of your home might just be a great place to start. 

Already, Fortune-500 company Sherwin-Williams revealed its 2017 Color of the Year, so if you’re looking for new and fashionable ideas for a quick and

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Friday, November 11th, 2016.

Impressing Home Buyers Buying a home is a big, very personal decision for most people. When prospective buyers look at homes for sale, they are looking for both a great value for their investment and a house that really connects with them, making them feel instantly at home.

As you prepare your home for the real estate market, you may already be wondering what extra steps you can do to attract more buyers and give yourself the benefit of the best possible selling experience.

Accomplishing this can be easier than you might think, if you choose to utilize some or all of the following tips designed for capturing and holding buyer interest.

Show Off the Home's Size

One of the most common questions buyers ask when searching for homes to view is about the size of

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Friday, November 4th, 2016.

First-Time Buyers in DurangoWith so many first-time home buyers entering the marketplace in 2016, we thought now might be a good time to recommend a few great places in Durango for first-timers here to consider during their search.

Understanding that every individual home buyer has his or her needs, wants, and preferences, regardless of budget or price point they’re after, here are a few great options in Durango if you’re someone who’s looking to buy a home or condo for the very first time.

Downtown Durango

With so many active buyers today putting a premium on walkability and convenience, one of the most logical places to begin a home search is right here in the heart of downtown Durango. With plenty of shopping, dining, and other community amenities right nearby, there’s no

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016.

How Big Should my New Home Be When you first get mortgage pre-approval and start shopping around for a home, the varying prices for different types of properties may seem a bit dizzying. Even more concerning is the worry that you'll buy too much house, or not enough.

With the right information, you can determine how much you can practically afford in a home, and what kinds of expenses you can expect once the purchase is complete.

Treat Your Pre-approval as a Maximum, Not a Minimum

Some people say that you should always buy a home at the top of your buying range, because a lot of buyers regret buying something too small and few homeowners regret buying larger. However, it makes sense to factor every housing cost into your ability to make payments. Some experts suggest

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