Happiness is… Living In/Leaving a Boom Town

There are three factors in our life that most influence our daily rhythm and happiness: Where we live Who we live with What we do with our time My hope for everyone is that you have found a rewarding way to spend your time, and special, meaningful people to work and live with. But what about the other…

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Best Time of Year to Buy? The “Black Friday” of House Shopping

Black Friday is now behind us and we’re in the CyberShopping Week following Thanksgiving. Just like with retail, there is a best time to Buy a House – and it’s Now… when nobody else is doing it. While most folks are busy making holiday cheer, some motivated sellers still need to sell their house, right now.…

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Should your coffee habits determine where you live?

I have been struggling for over 20 years with where, exactly, our Dream Home should be situated. I knew I would want it to be in Colorado, and somewhere near Denver – in order to have good access to jobs, theatre, shopping and restaurants in a laid-back, outdoorsy place (and my husband graciously bought into my dream and…

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Thanksgiving and the American Dream Home

Today is Thanksgiving – the ultimate “American Dream” holiday. Sure, Independence Day celebrates when we became a nation. But the Fourth of July is about defiance and asserting ourselves. And eating outside. Thanksgiving is about living the dream of independence – it’s why we were defiant … so we could live the American Dream every…

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Did Bad Assessor Data Cost you your Mortgage Loan?

In my last post I mentioned that I have recently appraised houses where the County Assessor’s information was incorrect regarding the property. The two houses were in completely different Counties but were both built in the mid-1990s. Things were booming around here at that time and I assume most of the misinformation is a result…

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Your Assessor may be (over)Taxing you on Bad Data

In the past two weeks, I have appraised houses where the County Assessor’s information was incorrect. The two houses were in completely different Counties but were both built in the mid 1990s. Things were booming around here at that time and I assume most of the mis-information is a result of builders reporting the wrong…

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What’s So Special about this Colorado Grass?

Valuable Open Space or Deadly Deal-Killer? I recently appraised a house that backed to this greenbelt. The space is very wide (about 100 feet) and isn’t maintained, or even watered. As an appraiser, I would treat it more like open space than a greenbelt when estimating how much value it added to the property… Except……

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