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Housing Helpers achieves 30-Year Milestone in Boulder

Housing Helpers will be celebrating 30 years as a Boulder business in 2017. The company was founded by a University of Colorado student who saw the need for a better way to match roommates. It has grown over the past 30 years into a full-service real estate and relocation services company offering integrated housing solutions, always emphasizing friendly personal service provided by local professionals who are committed to the communities where they live and work.

Housing Helpers differentiates itself from other real estate companies through the synergy its real estate, rental, corporate housing and leasing services offer customers. No matter what the real estate need is, Housing Helpers can help.

The owner of the Boulder franchise, Stephanie Iannone, has been a leader in the Boulder community for many years. She currently serves as the Chair for the Boulder Chamber and has also held Board positions with the Boulder Area Realtor Association, IRES, and the Boulder Area Rental Housing Association. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her expertise, including Distinguished Realtor of the Year (from the Boulder Area Realtor Association Magazine), Top 25 Most Powerful Salespeople in Colorado (from COLORADOBiz Magazine), and 40 under 40 emerging business leaders (from BizWest).

In the 23 years she has led Housing Helpers, Iannone’s passion has always been to help people. One of the highlights of her career was partnering with the City and County to find housing for people displaced in the 2013 floods. She is also proud of her team at Housing Helpers, which is an extension of her family. Their focus is to help people and serve their customers, and they also have a good time together. At their annual yearend party, they read letters from customers whose lives they have touched by helping them with one of the most important aspects of their lives – their home.

Interview with a client

Ellie Duncan of Arvada is a three-time client of Housing Helpers. “We were introduced to Housing Helpers when we were living outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and my husband was being relocated by his company to Colorado. Stephanie Iannone provided the relocation services, and we bought a house in Arvada. We had owned a number of houses already, and we both felt she was the best Realtor we ever used.”

When they next moved – from Colorado to South Carolina – they had Stephanie sell their Arvada home. “And now we’re back in Colorado and she found us this house, in the same neighborhood. We loved it here and now we’re back.” Iannone provided corporate housing while they waited to close on their home.

Duncan also praises two of the Realtors on Stephanie’s team, Mindy and Kim. And the highest accolades go to Stephanie. “Stephanie makes you feel you are her priority, though she has tons of clients. She doesn’t really care what your price point is; she wants to be sure you find the right house for you.

“And she’s a straight shooter. She’ll tell you if a house isn’t the right fit for you – for instance, if you have kids, as we do – and she’ll see things you might not notice. I think she’s amazing. She’s one of the best negotiators – very nice and fair, and strong. She fights for you.

“I’ve been the seller and buyer with her. She really represents you. She’s a very caring, genuine person, and wickedly bright. 

Housing Helpers award winning Colorado real estate agents provide home purchase, home sales, investment property, and relocation services to buyers, sellers and real estate investors throughout Colorado.  

By Judy Finman, At Home, Daily Camera  

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Corporate Housing Improves Employee Recruitment Process

You already know how difficult it can be to find talented recruits for your company. You spend a great deal of time, and money on the process every year. However, there is one aspect of recruiting that you may well be overlooking.  Top talent may not be in your immediate area, and that means they have to relocate to become a part of your team.

When you incorporate corporate housing into your recruitment process, you’ll see an increase in the number of talented individuals interested in your company, make their transition easier, and builds stronger relationships.

Attracting Talent

Your corporate culture, workplace atmosphere, compensation and benefits package are all part of the draw for talent to come to work for you. One of the drawbacks, however, is the need to relocate themselves and their family to a new city they may never have visited before. There are so many unknowns that some recruits may be fearful of such a move.

Paying for a fully-furnished, well appointed house, or apartment, for them will help ease those fears and turn uncertain recruits into excited new hires instantly.

Easier Transition

Some of your recruits have a spouse, children and pets, who are understandably their top priority. While the opportunity to work for you may be a financially wise move, transitioning from their current home to a new one can be stressful.

Corporate housing helps families transition into their new surroundings by providing them with a safe, secure, well researched home.

You’ll be instrumental in helping them learn about the city and neighborhood. You’ll also help relieve worries about schools, medical care facilities, veterinarians and other services your recruit needs and wants.

Builds Relationships

While you may think very highly of your employees and you treat them with the utmost respect, both professionally and personally, a new recruit won’t know that. Everything that you do, from the first point of contact through their time with your company has to reinforce your commitment to them.

Providing your new employees with a home that they can comfortably live in while they integrate themselves into your company is a great way to start.

It shows your recruits that you value them, and that you are willing to go the extra mile to make sure they are comfortable, and happy with their decision to work for you.

You must recruit, and retain talented individuals in order to rise above the competition and continue to grow your company. Your recruitment efforts will be greatly enhanced by simply offering corporate housing options for them. You’ll find that the number of recruits you have access to increases, their transition will be easier, and you’ll build a strong, mutually beneficial relationship from the beginning. 

For more information about incorporating Corporate Housing into your recruitment process call Housing Helpers of Colorado at 303-545-6000

 

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The Fall Real Estate Market in Colorado

If you’re in the market for a new home, you should know that fall is an especially good season for buyers in the real estate market. That’s partly because of the simple law of supply and demand. According to MSN Money, need to move into a new home before the school year starts. If you’re trying to sell a house, that means there’s less demand, a fact that puts buyers in the driver’s seat and leaves more room for negotiation.

Another plus for buyers? Home prices tend to fall slightly after the busy summer real estate season. If a seller that listed his home last spring or summer still hasn’t sold it, he may consider reducing the price, or at least negotiating some concessions to keep a potential buyer on the “line”.

If you’re looking for a home in the fall, it’s likely you don’t have school aged children, so there are no hard and fast deadlines pressuring you. Sure, you may prefer to close on a house before the holiday season, but it’s not the same as having to. If you can get a better deal by waiting awhile, chances are you will.

One caveat to this rule concerns vacation homes. If you’ve rented a home for a period during the summer and love the area, you may be at a slight disadvantage. A seller knows when he’s got a home that’s worth more simply by virtue of its location near a prime vacation spot, and because of skiing, Colorado often has more than just summer vacationers — they’ve got the winter ski crowd too.

Still, buying a vacation home in the off-season has the advantage of letting you get to know what the area is like when it’s not crowded with tourists and vacationers, and if it’s a second home, you can always rent it out during prime seasons, so it might just be a win-win situation for both parties!

As with all things real estate, it’s much easier to navigate the Colorado real estate market with a trusted and experienced expert by your side.   Call Housing Helpers real estate group and let us guide the way!  303-545-6000

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Professional Services Can Make Your Relocation Easier

If you are in the midst of a relocation, such as if you are moving because you are taking a job or position in a different city, you might be under a lot of stress. After all, getting used to a new job can be a big enough life change, and having to deal with a household move at the same time can be enough to stress anyone out.

A lot of people try to tackle every aspect of a relocation by themselves. In some cases, this makes sense. However, if you are changing jobs and are moving to a totally different city, it can be helpful to seek professional assistance. Even though you might be worried about the cost of doing so, you’re sure to find it to be worthwhile.

For example, using a professional rental finding service can help you find the perfect apartment or home. There’s a good chance that you don’t know your new area very well, so it can be tough to know where to look for a home. A professional service can help you find the best possible rentals that are within your budget.

You will probably also want to use a professional moving service to help you pack and move your belongings so that you can focus on preparing for your new job. Consider talking to the human resources department at your company; if you’re moving for work, you may be eligible for some type of assistance with your moving expenses.

As you can see, you shouldn’t try to tackle everything on your own when you’re moving to a new place. Instead, try working with a few professionals who can help make the entire process a lot more streamlined and a whole lot less stressful.  

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Pet Friendly Rentals

3 Tips for Scoring Pet Friendly Rentals

If you are a pet owner, you might have a tough time finding Pet Friendly Rentals that allow you to bring your furry family members with you. Finding rentals will always be harder when you have pets in the home, but this does not mean that you have to give up on finding a nice place or keeping your four-legged friends, either. Instead, give these tips a try.

1. Work with Housing Helpers

First of all, it can be tough to find rentals on your own in any situation, but this can be particularly true if you have pets. By using a service like Housing Helpers, you can get assistance in finding  pet friendly rentals that suit your needs in other ways, such as a rental that is in a safe place, that is conveniently located near your job and that provides the amenities that are most important to you.

2. Save Up a Little Extra

Yes, moving is already expensive enough as it is, but it can be even more expensive when you have pets. Not only do you have to worry about any costs to prepare your pet for the move, but you also have to think about the cost of a pet deposit, pet rent and more.

3. Be Prepared to Show Proof

You may have to provide proof of certain things when it comes to your pet, such as a copy of its vaccination record. Make sure that you are willing to provide these things so that you don’t run into any snags when you do finally find a rental.

As you can see, there are steps that you can take to make rental hunting easier when you have pets. Follow these tips and have a little patience, and you should be able to find a great pet friendly rental home for you and Fido.

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4 Ways to Make Your Apartment Feel Like Home

Apartments don’t always feel like home. Many people start out living in an apartment until they get a little older, get married, and move into their own home. They feel like it is a temporary place and it gets treated that way. However, it is really important to make your apartment into a home so that you will be happy to come home every day.

Here are some ways to make your apartment feel more like home.

  • Hang up some pictures or wall art that you love. Pictures and wall art can really spruce up bland walls. They also give you a chance to show off your style and make your apartment feel more like your home.
  • Buy furniture that suits you. Many people start out with very little. They take any hand out that they can get, especially when you are moving out for the first time. However, buy at least one item that will make you feel comfortable. Maybe you need a bed or a comfy couch that you love.
  • Decorate with plants (even if they are fake). Flowers on countertops can really add some character to an apartment, making it feel more lived in.
  • Light candles that you enjoy. Many times when you move into an apartment, it will smell like cleaning products. To add some ambiance and some you into the place, light your favorite candle.

Even if you have lived in your apartment for a while (even months), it is really important to make it feel like home. You can do this but adding some personal touches. You can hang up some pictures or even wall art that suits you. Decorate with some plants and flowers. Light up your favorite candle and relax in your new home.

Are you searching for a new apartment?   Housing Helpers offers a free apartment locator service to help renters locate their perfect apartment.  Call our office at 303-545-6000 to get started.

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Real Estate Tips: 4 Steps to Prep Your House for Sale

When you think about putting up your house for sale, you might think about things like determining the list price and choosing and hiring a real estate agent. Although these things are certainly very important, however, there is one other critical thing that you need to focus on — preparing the house itself. These are a few essential steps that you’ll need to take if you’re wondering how to prep a house for sale.

1. Get Rid of Clutter

First and foremost, you’ll want to get rid of clutter. Not only is this good for ensuring that your home is open house ready, but it’ll also be nice to get rid of unwanted items before you pack and move to your new home. Eliminating as much clutter as possible will help your home look neat, clean and spacious when your realtor shows the house, so donate, sell or throw away as much as possible. If there’s anything left that is making the home look cluttered but that you don’t want to get rid of, consider renting a storage unit for temporary storage until the house is sold.

2. Put Away Personal or Valuable Items

Along with decluttering, you’ll also want to eliminate personal and valuable items from your home. You don’t want to worry about sentimental items or valuable items being broken or stolen when the house is being shown, and you also don’t want the home to look too much like your family’s house when potential buyers are taking a peek. Take down personal family portraits, children’s drawings and artwork and particularly unique items that aren’t universally attractive. Then, consider putting away jewelry, expensive art or decor, breakable items that have sentimental or financial value and other similar items. You can store them in the above-mentioned storage unit if necessary.

3. Clean the Entire House…Thoroughly

Whether you consider yourself to be a slob, a neat freak or something in-between, your home is going to need a good scrubbing. Once you move out a lot of items, you might find dust and dirt that you weren’t aware of. Plus, your home is going to need to be more than just everyday clean when your real estate agent is showing the house. Your friends and relatives might not inspect your closets or your light fixtures when they come over, but potential buyers will. You don’t want the home to look messy or dirty, which could be a big turn-off. Some might even see it as a sign that you and your family have not taken good care of the home in the past, even if this isn’t true.

If you can’t bring yourself to really get scrubbing, if you don’t have enough time to do it, or if you don’t feel confident that you’ll get your home clean enough for an open house on your own, consider hiring a professional cleaning company. It can be well worth the cost when you chalk it up to the expense of selling your home.

4. Stage It

Once your home is decluttered and spotless, you’ll have one more step to take before it will be ready to put on the market — staging it. This can be simple or in-depth, depending on a few things, such as the condition of your home. Staging might involve simply rearranging your existing furniture to make the home look as spacious as possible, or it could involve painting the walls in neutral colors and investing in a few inexpensive decorative items to make it look its best. Your real estate agent can look at your home and talk to you about how to best stage it for the local market.

As you can see, there are a few critical steps to follow if you want to get your home ready for the real estate market. Then, if you need additional help with your relocation, such as finding the perfect home or apartment, and for more real estate tips contact the real estate agents at Housing Helpers.

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Tenant Screening

8 Property Management Tips For Landlords

In the property management world most tenants of rental properties are great. However, experienced landlords know the 80-20 rule which states, 80 percent of all renter issues are from 20 percent of tenants.

Being a good landlord requires plenty of learning to avoid creating even greater issues. Moreover, many landlords become burned-out dealing with the headaches of property management including high-demand, slow-pay renters. Therefore, we are sharing our top 8 property management tips for landlords and rental properties.

1. Complete Screening – Thoroughly vet prospective tenants. Scrutinize their credit history, call their references, and verify their work history. If you do not perform a thorough background check, you are only asking for trouble. Therefore, always use a written rental application and complete a screening. 

2. Don’t Discriminate – The Federal Fair Housing Act prohibits the discrimination of certain protected classes: race, color, national origin, familial status, disability, or sex. Moreover, many localities have their own laws, sometimes adding protection for sexual orientation or gender identity. If you are rejecting an application, ensure you have documentation to prove the issue was credit, employment history, inadequate income, or other legal reason.

3. Use a Solid Lease Agreement – It does no matter if the agreement is a month-to-month or long-term, always use a written contract which identifies the rights and responsibilities of each party. Provide clear details about late payments, repair issues, and your complaint policy. This is important if you need to remove a tenant for not living up to their end of the deal.

4. Properly Handle Security Deposits – Use a fair method for handling security deposits. Document the property condition before a tenant moves into the property and when they leave, and properly document repairs to avoid disputes. Moreover, Colorado limits the time a landlord has to return a security deposit between 1 month to (with written agreement) 60 days.

5. Regularly Inspect Property – The fact is, as the owner of the property, you are likely responsible if an injury occurs because of property issue. Use a monthly smoke detector check as a reason to perform regular “health & safety inspections”. This allows you both to stay on top of needed property repairs and stay in tune with potential tenant behavior issues.

6. Handle Repairs Efficiently– Don’t create ill-will or give tenants a reason to withhold rent by ignoring repairs. You have a legal and moral obligation to maintain and repair your properties. Failing to do so can create hazards and/or legal liabilities.

7. Create Clear Policies – In addition to a well-written rental or lease agreement, have clear policies and provide a copy to your tenants. This will explain how you handle complaints and disputes. Additionally, tenants will understand their responsibilities, like not becoming an annoyance to neighbors.

8. Always Be Professional – Always maintain a professional attitude and demeanor. Never allow problems to get the better of you. If a tenant becomes an issue, have a system in place to deal with it and handle the problem quickly.

What haven’t we covered yet that is important to you? If you would like more property management tips for being a better Landlord and managing your rental properties, or need additional information, please contact us.

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A Guide To The Most Walkable Neighborhoods In Colorado

Walkable neighborhoods aren’t just good for your health, they also build a sense of community. According to Walk Score, people who live in highly walkable areas weigh 6 to 10 pounds less and spend more time doing community activities.

Many Colorado residents are now searching the real estate market for walkable neighborhoods. A residential area is considered walkable if it’s close to shops, restaurants, schools and parks. The more errands you can run without having to use a car, the more walkable it’s considered. It also helps if they’re well connected to urban centers by bike paths and transit lines. 

With 300 days of sunshine a year and views of the snow-capped Rockies, who wouldn’t want to be outside in Colorado as much as possible?

If you’re looking for neighborhoods like this, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a guide to some of the state’s most walkable residential areas:  

Stapleton

The Stapleton community, just 10 minutes north of Denver, was designed for walkability. Built on top of 4,700 acres that once served as the Stapleton Airport, the community was master-planned as a hybrid of classic downtown neighborhoods and modern, energy-efficient construction. The community already has over 22,000 residents and now contains: 

  • 10 neighborhoods
  • 13 schools
  • 50 parks and 47 miles of bike trails
  • 100+ Retail stores
  • 50+ Restaurants
  • Commercial office buildings 

Stapleton is also connected to downtown Denver by a commuter rail and bus line at Central Park, making it easy for residents to use public transportation to get around. 

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Prospect New Town in Longmont

Located on the eastern edge of Longmont, Prospect New Town has a concept similar to the Stapleton Community, but on a smaller scale. The entirety of the planned neighborhood fits on 80 acres that used to be a tree farm, and is designed so that all residents are within a five-minute walk of the community’s amenities, which include: 

  • Shops
  • Restaurants and cafes
  • Office buildings
  • Swimming pool and parks
  • Free concerts and food truck nights

Prospect is distinct in that it aims to marry a small-town feel with a funky urban vibe. Strolling through the streets of Prospect, you’ll see a mix of modern artists’ lofts and single-family farmhouses. A downside is that outside of its 80 acres, this neighborhood isn’t well-connected to other city centers. You have to drive to reach downtown Longmont, Boulder, or Denver. 

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Whittier in Boulder

Boulder has a number of walkable neighborhoods, but Whittier is one of the best situated. This historic district was established in 1859, and is home to some of the oldest homes in the city. Whittier is on the east side of central Boulder, which puts it right downtown and close to both commercial centers and outdoor spaces.

Apartments and homes in the Whittier neighborhood are within walking distance to: 

  • Pearl Street mall
  • Parks
  • Schools
  • Restaurants
  • Retail stores
  • Boulder Farmer’s Market
  • University of Colorado

Because Whittier is so well positioned, it’s also one of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods. Expect to pay more to live in this highly walkable area.  

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Wash Park in Denver

Washington Park is a popular neighborhood in South Central Denver because of its proximity to restaurants, shops and outdoor spaces. Named for the 161-acre park it surrounds, the neighborhood offers residents the opportunity to enjoy Denver’s green spaces and lakes as well. 

If you live in Washington Park, you’ll get to enjoy being close to: 

  • Cherry Creek 
  • Schools
  • Recreation centers
  • Shopping
  • Restaurants and cafes

While the neighborhood has a nice mix of historic homes and newer builds, the price point can be restrictive as real estate is in high demand. 

Click here to see listings for apartments and houses in Wash Park Denver.  

Olde Town Arvada

Downtown Arvada receives a high walking score compared to the rest of the neighborhoods in the Denver suburb. The historic olde town district is a hub of locally owned businesses, including:

  • Restaurants
  • Retail stores
  • Beauty shops
  • Banks
  • Fitness centers
  • Healthcare facilities

A new commuter rail is being installed in Arvada to make it even more commuter friendly to residents who live in Denver. The good news is, this area remains somewhat of a hidden gem with lower costs compared to some of the other Denver suburbs.

Click here to see listings for apartments and houses in Arvada Colorado

Lowry in Denver

Lowry Field is just 20 minutes east of downtown Denver, making for a quick and easy commute to the city. Some interesting history surrounds this parcel of land. It was an airforce base for more than half a century, and also a summer get-away for President Dwight Eisenhower and First Lady Mamie Eisenhower during the 1950s. Now, however, it’s been redeveloped into a mixed-used community that offers amenities like: 

  • Parks and open space
  • Amphitheaters
  • Golf Course
  • Shops
  • Restaurants
  • Grocery stories
  • A beer Garden

Keep in mind that some neighborhoods in Lowry are more walkable than others. Look in neighborhoods adjacent to the Lowry Town Center District if you want to be within a short walk to the shops, bars and restaurants.

Click here to see our listings for apartments and houses in Lowry’s neighborhoods

Belmar in Lakewood

The Belmar district is a shopping and dining center in downtown Lakewood. It was built in 2004 to revitalize the old town village center, and it’s since grown to occupy 22 blocks in the city. Amenities in this community include:

  • Restaurants and cafes
  • Shops
  • A movie theater
  • A bowling alley 
  • Summer concerts and ice skating rink in winter
  • Art galleries

Residents who live in Lakewood within walking distance of the Belmar district also enjoy easy transportation to downtown Denver, making it a great option for commuters. 

Check out our available listings for homes in Lakewood

When it comes to finding the right house and the best neighborhood, there is no substitution for visiting the area to see first-hand if amenities that matter most to you are close by.

For more information on the best neighborhoods in Colorado, contact Housing Helpers at 303.545.6000.

Boulder Property Management Company or Property Owner

When it comes to Boulder rentals, you will often end up dealing with one of two types of landlords – a Boulder property management company that handles everything for the property owner, or the property owner himself or herself.

As a renter, it might seem as if you would be better off dealing directly with the property owner, but this often is not the case at all. These are a few reasons why you might find it better to choose a rental that is managed by a Boulder property management  company instead.

Choose from Multiple Rentals

If you search for a rental through a property management company, there is a chance that the firm will have multiple openings, possibly in different neighborhoods or apartment complexes. This can make it easier for you to find the rental that is right for you.

Work with a Knowledgeable Person

Just because someone owns a rental property does not mean that he or she knows very much about renting properties out to tenants. Some homeowners aren’t really knowledgeable about the landlord and tenant laws, for example, and might violate  them without even meaning to. If you work with a property management firm, however, you will be more likely to work with individuals who know about the rental process.

Take Out the Emotion

In some cases, property owners can be attached to their properties and can be a bit more emotional about the rental process. A property manager, however, will see things more from the business side of things. This can make for a more professional rental experience.

As you can see, it is sometimes better for renters to work with a Boulder property management company when looking for a home or apartment to rent. Luckily, Housing Helpers can assist you if you are currently looking for a rental.  

Give our Housing Helpers Boulder office a call at 303-545-6000 and we can help you find the ideal apartment, condo, or house to rent.  

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