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Two of the hardest things about selling your home, no matter what time of year it is, is accommodating all those showings and keeping your home clean.  Although these two things might be the most cumbersome of the inconveniences you deal with during the process, there is no doubt about it that they are also the most important! The kicker is, these two things become even a bit more inconvenient in the presence of inclement weather.  There is nothing worse than coming home after you just showed your house for several hours only to find that someone has tracked mud, leaves, water, or snow all throughout the place.  So now after killing a bunch of time during the showing, you come back and now have to clean again as soon as possible so that your home is ready

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Halloween is barely over and the first signs of the holiday season have already crept upon us with decorations adorning seasonal aisles and holiday travel plans well underway. For most people, the holidays are their busiest time year, which could not be any truer if you are someone looking to buy or sell a home during the season. With that being said, devising a timeline that will put you into a new home, and/or get you out of your existing one before Christmas, is totally doable and is something a savvy Realtor will tell you to definitely consider!

The basic rule of thumb is, you need about 30 days to look for alternative housing and another 30 days to secure financing. If you add it up, it is clear to see there is still plenty of time left in 2013 to

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The craze of shabby chic lives on as more and more people, including world famous interior designers and your average everyday stay at home mom, are turning lost secondhand treasures into totally amazing one of a kind home design elements. Whether you have an old set of drawers that is in need of a refinish or you go out to your local thrift store, the sky’s the limit when it comes to home design with repurposed items.  Below are some of my favorite ideas and a few links where you can find out more information on how to replicate these ingenious ideas.

1. DIY Upholstered Ottoman - The website I found this on, Not So Newlywed McGee’s, shows you step by step on how to create this simple and totally chic ottoman.  Use their template and custom design

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Wintering Your HomeAsking the question, should you winterize your home, is a bit like asking if you need to put on a hat and gloves to go play in the snow. The obvious answer is yes, almost every home regardless of its condition should be winterized to some degree if the owner has any hopes of maintaining the property and keeping costs down. With that being said, some newer homes might only need a few things done, while older homes, mountain properties, waterfront properties, and seasonal homes will require significantly more in preparation for the cold and wet winter season. Just like a little kid that doesn’t know better, many first time homebuyers are not aware of the golden rules of winterizing that many veteran homeowners have become familiar with, only because they…
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Halloween Home Decoration IdeasThere is nothing that says Halloween better than a decorative front entrance, fireplace, staircase, tabletop, or bathroom counter! And, if you are selling your home during the season, you should definitely consider putting up some festive Halloween“ish” decorations. Of course, I do not mean use terrifying or frightful decorations like corpses or bloody grotesque monsters, but instead use things like fun witches, lots of pumpkins, and other cute, simple PG-rated Halloween inspired fall decorations. The idea is to show that your for sale home has character and is a part of the greater community. Below are several of my favorite Halloween home decoration ideas that I think are great for a for sale home.

All Black and White - I love this one because it

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Last week it was about 80 degrees without a cloud in the sky and I just so happened to be lucky enough to be zipping around on a golf cart at the wonderful Inverness Hotel and Golf Club in Englewood, Colorado. The sun was brilliant and the buzz in the air was real estate! Since the flood I have heard many agents talk about the need to reiterate the fact that all of Colorado’s real estate is not underwater and the future market outlook is as bright as ever. This time of year is statistically slower than any other, and of course the areas that were hit the hardest by the flooding will see a temporary diversion in interest by potential buyers, but in general, real estate in the Denver Metro, Boulder Valley, Colorado Springs, and Fort Collins areas still

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The air definitely had a chill to it this week and the first signs of fall in Colorado are starting to show up all around us. As the days get shorter and shorter, kids and families tend to get a little stir crazy going through the transition of the season. But, if you live in the Denver area it is not due to a lack of fun family activities available since almost every weekend from now until Christmas is packed with festivals, special events, free museum days, and plenty of outdoor fun for all. Here’s what's happening in the Front Range area of Colorado this October.

Fall Family Activities - Denver, Colorado

Oktoberfest - September 27th - 29th, 2013
Downtown Denver will be hosting their family friendly version of Munich, Germany’s ever popular Oktoberfest, complete

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After a few solid days of lovely Colorado sunshine, homeowners in the communities of Boulder County, Larimer County, Weld County, Denver County and El Paso County have begun to see the full extent of damage from the September 2013 flood. Although today’s reports are saying that thousands of homes have received damage as a result of being in the flood zone, the majority of people living along the Front Range have homes that went untouched. Still these numbers tell the story of what a portion of Colorado residents have ahead of them. The good news is that the sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the cleanup process is well underway!  Every day that passes brings new resources to the communities affected by the 2013 Colorado Flood. 

Here are some

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Colorado FloodAll across the world, people are hearing reports of the natural disaster the State of Colorado is facing at the current moment. Known mostly for its dry climate, the Front Range and surrounding areas have been pummeled with over 15 inches of rain in the last several days. To put it in another perspective, meteorologists say the snowfall equivalence to 15 inches of rain would be nearly 200 inches in some areas!

Flash floods, although somewhat rare, are definitely not unheard of in the area and in fact the Boulder Creek has one of the highest flash flood risks in the state. Despite the inevitability of some flooding in the areas most affected, the magnitude of this storm has caused what officials are calling “flooding on a biblical scale.” With reports of

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Best Hot Springs in ColoradoCold weather tourism is obviously huge in Colorado, since we are known for our world class skiing and resorts. But did you know that people have been coming to Colorado for over a hundred years specifically to enjoy another kind of cold weather pleasure? If not, you do now! Hot springs in Colorado are hugely popular and offer tourists of all kinds a fun and unique cold weather vacation experience. From Aspen and Steamboat, to Idaho Springs and Buena Vista, there are literally tons of different hot springs you can enjoy all over the state.

Hot springs are technically defined a bunch of different ways and can come in the form of natural or manmade pools fed by geothermal waters. The water that fills up these pools is heated to varying degrees of

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