Save Money with Energy Efficiency

November 27, 2018/by Mike Cooke

There is good news on the energy efficiency front related to residential real estate: Homes have become much more energy efficient. All residential properties consumed 10.58 quadrillion Btu in 1978. In 2005, the number stood at 10.55 quadrillion Btu.

Understanding Market Shifts

October 24, 2018/by Mike Cooke

We’re seeing lots of news recently about a shift in the metro Denver residential real estate market. It’s true! The market IS shifting. However, the portrayal of this shift as reported in the popular media and even by many industry sources contains only a drop of truth in an ocean of misinformation.

Make Required Repairs Before Closing

December 1, 2016/by Mike Cooke

You may need to complete repairs to your property if you agreed to any such repairs in the contract or if anything has broken during the time you have been under contract. Make any needed repairs prior to closing.

The Condition of Your Property When You Turn It Over to the Buyer

December 1, 2016/by Mike Cooke

Legally, you are obligated to turn your property over to the buyer in the same condition it was in on the day the offer was made. Additionally, some contracts require the property to be "broom clean". Even if the contract does not require it, cleaning your house before turning it over to the buyer has some benefits for you.

Getting Ready for the Appraiser

December 1, 2016/by Mike Cooke

An appraiser may be coming to your house in the near future. Most home sale contracts are contingent on the buyer or the buyer's lender obtaining an appraisal on your property. Here are some things you'll be interested to know about appraisers and the appraisal process.

Plan B

December 1, 2016/by Mike Cooke

You are under contract but not yet closed on the sale of your property. While fairly rare, the contract to sell your home could terminate without a closing as a result of contingencies granted to the buyer. When selling your primary residence, it is especially important to have a “Plan B” in case this happens.

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