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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, February 5th, 2019.

Top Three Things to Know About Adding a Home AdditionA home addition is a huge commitment. Not only will it permanently change the structure of the home. It will also involve significant costs, paperwork and inconveniences during construction. Making sure homeowners are entering the process with their eyes open can ensure a smoother remodeling and a greater degree of happiness with the result. Before a homeowner dives in, they should make sure you they the answers to the following:

Which Additions Increase Home Value?

When it comes to increasing home value, not all additions are created equal. Some types of additions reliably increase the value of a home, while others may have no effect or even a negative effect on home value. One of the top home additions that increases value is adding a

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Friday, February 1st, 2019.

Top Places to Eat Dinner in Durango, COWhether one is hungry or weary after exploring the wonders of Durango or simply wants to relax before heading home after work, having a nice dinner is a satisfying way to end the day. These four top dinner spots in Durango CO offer mountain-town American cuisine that surely won't disappoint.

Ore House—147 E College Dr, Durango, CO

Since 1972 the Ore House has been one of Durango's finest dining establishments and is highly acclaimed for their seafood and steaks and a warm, inviting ambiance. They take great pride in serving seasonal menus with sustainable foods, all-natural poultry, local produce, and beef sourced from surrounding Colorado ranches. The Ore House even handcrafts their stellar desserts.

Beyond fine dining in the heart of

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, January 30th, 2019.

A Short Guide to Constructing Your DeckTaking on the installation of a deck can be an exciting (if daunting) prospect for home improvement - even if you choose a DIY project or hire a professional. It's difficult not to picture the glamour and luxury of sipping cocktails overlooking the sunset or throwing a huge outdoor dinner party set amid a lush spray of colorful blooms. However, there are a few more practical steps to consider before homeowners can start planning their perfect menu, so keep these five tips in mind before getting started.

Research Permit Laws

Permit laws can be enforced by any number of authorities, such as neighborhood officials or the board of an HOA. Whether its federal, state, or local laws though, homeowners need to be aware of specific permits laws and

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019.

Where to Get a Hearty, Delicious Breakfast in Durango COThose who live, work and play in Durango know that they need to keep up their energy in order to enjoy all of the outdoor recreation and adventurous activities that the city has to offer. To nourish both their bodies and souls, Durango locals and visitors alike indulge in a hearty breakfast from some of the best local restaurants in the city. These are the top breakfast spots in Durango:

Michel's Corner

When someone in Durango can't decide between a sweet or savory breakfast, they head to Michel's Corner where they can have the best of both worlds. This creperie features a variety of distinct crepes on its menu, such as the sweet spice plum jam crepe or the savory chicken and wild mushroom crepe. The restaurant opens at 10 a.m. and operates

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Monday, January 21st, 2019.

How to Get Good Real Estate Photography PhotosGood listing pictures are a big draw for home buyers. For home sellers who will soon be listing their home for sale, it's very important to get high quality photographs. One of the first decisions homeowners must make is whether to take the pictures themselves or hire a professional. If you're a home seller entering the real estate market, here's what you need to know.

DIY or Pro: Which One Is Better?

Professional photographers spend years learning how to take a picture from the right angle, which lighting is best, and how to use their equipment. By the time a professional has been in business for several years, they should know the best techniques for capturing the space and beauty found in a normal home interior. In addition, many

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, January 16th, 2019.

Interest Rates and Home Buying: What You Need to KnowThere are many factors that home buyers must take into consideration when they're purchasing a home, including interest rates. For a home buyer who would like to pay the least amount of money possible for their monthly mortgage payment, interest rate is very important. Understanding interest rates and how they can affect the monthly payment can help the home buyer to lock in a rate that will help them save money over time.

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

How Do Interest Rates Affect Monthly Mortgage Payments?

The higher the interest rate, the more money the homeowner will find themselves spending on their monthly mortgage payments. In

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, January 9th, 2019.

Top Tours and Activities in Durango COVisitors who decide to vacation in Durango, CO often come to the city in search of an authentic Western atmosphere, a dose of history and plenty of adventure. By selecting the top tours and activities in Durango, tourists can enjoy something they have never tried before—all while feeling comfortable and confident in the hands of an expert.

Here's a few of the best visitor tours in Durango, CO:

Durango Dog Ranch: Dog Sled Tours

Most people never get to experience the thrill of dogsledding, which is why Durango Dog Ranch offers dog sled tours to visitors who are coming to Durango looking for something different to try. The dog sled tours at this tour company allow people to experience a guided sled ride through the Durango countryside. Tours

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Thursday, January 3rd, 2019.

Buying In a Housing Bubble? What to DoA housing bubble is a condition that occurs when home prices become so inflated that average home buyers are unable to afford homes in the area where they live. Bubbles usually occur at a time when the economy is doing well and more people have expendable income.

Housing bubbles can be exciting and stressful while they're going on, and terrible when they pop. Even though bubbles happen out in the open where anyone can observe them, knowing whether or not the market is experiencing a housing bubble can be challenging. Most people are unable to tell whether or not they're living through a housing bubble until it ends and home prices plummet.

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

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, December 19th, 2018.

The Top Durango CO HotelsDurango CO is a welcoming mountain town that attracts visitors of all ages. From families looking to enjoy a great American adventure to business travelers who have to attend conferences and meetings, there's something about the city that appeals to all types of travelers. Luckily, there's plenty of places to stay as well. These are the best hotels in Durango CO:

Strater Hotel

The Strater Hotel is an iconic historic hotel located in the heart of Durango. It first opened its doors to guests in 1887, and it continues to make visitors to Durango feel like they are a special part of the hotel's story. There are just more than 90 rooms available in this hotel, each one with a unique feel and Victorian decor style. Those who stay here often feel

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, December 12th, 2018.

Pros and Cons of Jumbo Home LoansPeople who are looking at more expensive homes or those in a highly competitive market may wind up considering a loan that is a bit different from a standard mortgage: the jumbo loan. This loan has a few features that set it apart from other mortgage types. These are advantages in some ways and drawbacks in others. By understanding what is involved in this type of loan, buyers can decide whether it is the right vehicle for them or whether they need to adjust their buying strategy.

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

What Is a Jumbo Loan?

Also called non-conforming mortgages, jumbo loans are loans that are too large to conform to the rules

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