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December 2017

Found 8 blog entries for December 2017.

By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, December 27th, 2017.

What to Know About Selling a Vacation HomeWhether an individual owns a retreat in the mountains or a beachfront vacation home, their second property is likely a valuable real estate asset. However, a property owner who is going to list their vacation home on the market should recognize that the process is going to be different than selling their primary home.

Vacation Homes are on the Market Longer than Residential Properties

Unlike residential properties, vacation homes are a true luxury—an investment that people want, but they don't necessarily need. This means that vacation homes are not always going to sell as quickly as homes that will serve as primary residences. For example, a vacation home that is located in a hot residential market where homes are selling a matter of days,

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, December 20th, 2017.

How to Prepare to Move to a New HomeBuying a new home is a big deal, and after closing on it, that’s only half the job that’s done. Now it’s time to move, and whether the new home is a few miles away or across the country, the process is sure to be an ordeal. Here are six tips for anyone who is moving to help make the trip as stress-free as possible. 

1. Get Rid of Clutter

When moving, space is a precious commodity, and it shouldn’t be wasted. So when packing, try to sort through all the things in the home and get rid of as many extraneous things as possible. This goes for things like old box TVs, kitchen tools that aren’t used very often, and old clothes. Now is the time to go through all possessions to ensure that only the essentials are being brought to the new home. The

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, December 13th, 2017.

Home Invasion During the HolidaysThe holiday season is here, which means lots of upcoming travel for many homeowners all across the country. But while you’re away visiting friends and family and enjoying what many consider to be the best time of year, don’t forget to take any and all steps necessary to ensure your home and your belongings are as safe as possible while you’re not home. So before you pack up and leave Durango for the holidays, here are a few quick tips on how to protect your home from a break-in: 

1) Install motion detectors

While it may sound simple, motion-activated lights are both effective and affordable. And even though most people know when a light is motion-activated, it’s often times still enough to spook potential home invaders. 

2) Hide all your

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, December 13th, 2017.

What You Should Know About Private Mortgage InsuranceWhen buying a new home, the buyer may be subject to pay something called private mortgage insurance (PMI). But what exactly is it, and why do some home buyers have to pay it while others don’t? Here are the answers to those questions as well as others so all new homeowners know exactly what they’re in for with PMI.

What is PMI?

Private mortgage insurance is a special type of mortgage insurance that mortgage companies will give a lender when they pay less than 20 percent of the home’s value as a down payment. This is in order to protect whichever company is loaning the home buyer money for their home in case something happens and they can’t repay the loan. If a homeowner has to pay for PMI, the cost will be added into their normal monthly

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Monday, December 11th, 2017.

La Plata County Land Use CodesLa Plata County has finally unveiled the long-awaited updates to local land-use codes, which represent the first such update since all the way back to 1980s. 

Soon after the release, the county held a public hearing to discuss the changes, which according to reports, drew some mixed reactions among local residents. 

The general idea behind the new land-use codes is to both address and promote the undeniable growth that Durango and the surrounding La Plata County area continues to see, while also ensuring there are still plenty of protections in place for existing use as well. 

Prior to the updated code, developers would regularly ask questions about the potential use of a certain property they may be interested only to face uncertainty from

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Thursday, December 7th, 2017.

Buying and Selling a Home During the Holiday SeasonIt may be the holiday gift-giving season, but now can also be a great time to purchase a new home. Before you start your search, though, let’s take a closer look at some of the pros and cons of buying this time of year.

The Pros

The pros are plentiful, mainly because you may be able to get more for your money. Oftentimes, sellers are more motivated this time of year, giving you more power when it comes to negotiations. There may also be a tax benefit for sellers and buyers to take advantage of, meaning it’s beneficial to both of you to close the deal.

Another pro has to do with lack of competition from other buyers. Because many people are more focused on the holidays than the home buying process, you may find less competition in snagging your dream

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, December 6th, 2017.

What to Look for in a Vacation HomeBuying a vacation home can be exciting. Who doesn't want to have another home in a fun and relaxing place that they can go to whenever they want? Before making the purchase, however, you want to make sure you are making the right decision as well as choosing the right house for your ultimate wants and needs.

Choose the Right Location

The first thing you want to do before you make any decisions is spend some time in the vacation spots you are considering. You may even want to rent a place in all of the areas to make sure that you are looking in a place you really enjoy. If you have not spent any time there at all or it has been quite some time, it is worth revisiting it to make sure that this is a place you want to vacation to regularly,

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Monday, December 4th, 2017.

If there’s one thing Durango and the surrounding La Plata County area is known for most, many would say it’s the absolutely breathtaking natural scenery that seemingly stretches on forever. In many ways, the region’s beautiful mountainous landscape helps define the laid-back lifestyle of Southwest Colorado, especially if you’re one of the lucky ones who lives amongst the quiet countryside throughout this gorgeous part of the country. 

But if you’re not someone who currently lives in or around Durango but have often fantasized about packing up and moving to one of the many farms and ranches for sale in the area, here are just a few things you can expect

1) The views never get old

Regardless of season or time of year, the mountain views are

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