Buying in Boulder: Tips You Can Take Home

Posted by Client Care on Thursday, December 27th, 2012 at 12:20pm.

The City of BoulderIf you are considering purchasing a home in Boulder, Colorado, congratulations you are making a great financial investment. Boulder is an incredibly livable city, and one that’s a great fit for a variety of people. Boulder is family friendly so it makes for a fantastic place to raise your children or send your kids to college. It also has a great art and nightlife scene that appeals to younger professionals who are hoping for a more urban environment to call home. With its wonderful four seasons weather, friendly community, and overall sense of environmental awareness; Boulder really is a great place to buy a home and settle down. If you’re unfamiliar with the area, here are a few things to consider before contacting an agent to start searching for homes for sale in Boulder.

First, know your neighborhoods. The initial thing you’ll want to do when starting the housing search in Boulder is get a lay of the land. Do you want to live in an area that has more of a suburban feel like North or South Boulder, or do you prefer the downtown area where all the action is? Also, how far do you want to be away from the University of Colorado and its 30,000 plus students? Likewise there are many Boulder mountain living options to consider as well. If you have children, you might also want to think about the many different sub-divisions where there are tons of safe parks for your kids to play. Doing some research on the different schools that Boulder Valley offers can help you pinpoint your search as well. Ultimately, it will be the local vibe of each area and your budget that will help drive your search in the right direction and allow you to eliminate those that are not to your liking.

Boulder Real EstateNext, be aware of what type of home you are looking for before you start touring properties.  This is important because your real estate agent is only as good as the information you provide them.  Ask yourself, do you want to live in a detached single family home, a luxury condo, or a townhome with shared amenities? Also specify if you’re willing to look at mixed-use real estate, or if you just want specific amenities like a pool, a doorman, or deeded parking spaces.

Lastly, be realistic. It is important to understand that Boulder, Colorado real estate values are a bit inflated in comparison to other areas. What this means is that $400,000 in Boulder will not buy you the same kind of real estate you will find in surrounding communities like Broomfield, Superior or Westminster.  Everyone has their ideal neighborhoods and it certainly doesn’t hurt to look in them, but the best way to find the most house in your price range is to be open to comparable options.

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