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January 2018

Found 5 blog entries for January 2018.

By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, January 31st, 2018.

Tips for Listing a Home in a Buyer's MarketIn real estate, a buyer's market occurs when inventory levels are high and there is less demand for existing homes. When these real estate market conditions occur, those who are interested in buying a home often find that they have more leverage during negotiations. They may be able to strike a deal in which they get the property for less than the original listing price, or maybe they can request that the seller offers more concessions during the closing.

While buyers generally have the advantage in a buyer's market, it doesn't necessarily mean that home sellers have to give away the farm. When a seller partners with an experienced real estate agent, they can still get the most out of their real estate investment.

Here's how to sell a home in

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, January 24th, 2018.

How to Buy a Home in a Seller's MarketA seller's market means that buyers are faced with more competition and fewer choices. Those looking to purchase a home in such a market need to move quickly in order to have their bid chosen and close on a property. It can be challenging to find a home in an area with little inventory. Potential buyers may need to bid higher and have little negotiating room if they want to buy a desirable property in this market. What techniques can help potential buyers position themselves well to purchase a property in a buyer's market? Don't lose out. Use the following suggestions to get ready to buy a residential property in a seller's market today.

Get Vetted In Advance

Show the ability to afford a home by going through the process of getting a

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, January 24th, 2018.

What to Do About Unpermitted Work or Home ImprovementsSome homeowners have work done without knowing the permitting rules that apply to them before it's too late. In other cases, a homeowner will decide that the work is insignificant enough that they can sneak by without the permit. In still others, unscrupulous contractors will do work on a house without pulling the right permits and leave the homeowner in the lurch. The end result is the same no matter what: the owner of the home is in a precarious condition until they have gotten right with their municipality and county about work that wasn't properly permitted, whether you live in the Durango Resort Area or elsewhere.

Why Address Unpermitted Work?

Confessing to having work done without permits can seem a little counterintuitive. Wouldn't it

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, January 10th, 2018.

4 Signs a Home Foundation is DamagedBefore buying a home, it's important to know the condition of all parts of the home. Otherwise, home buyers who pass on a home inspection could find that a property that looks great from the outside is full of structural problems that cost tens of thousands of dollars to fix. Since the foundation is one of the most important parts of the home, it's critical that home owners learn to recognize signs of foundation damage and steer clear of homes with faulty foundations. Here are 4 signs your Pagosa Springs home may have a damaged foundation.

Foundation Cracks

When a foundation is visibly cracked or crumbling from the exterior, it's a major red flag that more problems lurk beneath the surface. Walk around the outside of the home looking for

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018.

Documents You Need to Sell Your HomeThere is a ton of documentation needed in order to sell a home: Legal descriptions and tax records, loan papers and utility contracts, cost figures on repairs and improvements, and various disclosures and certificates of compliance. Ideally, you'll already have copies of necessary official records, including mortgage information, but there's other paperwork that is nice to have for prospective buyers, and another batch of documents needed in order to close a sale.

Digital records are easy to access, but long-term owners might have to do some digging to locate the paper records. It will be time well spent, however, when the offers start arriving.

Legal Documentation

Specific paperwork is legally required in order to sell property or

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