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Housing Helpers Colorado Named Top 250 Private Colorado Companies

Housing Helpers Colorado, led by Stephanie Iannone, was named a Top 250 Privately Owned Colorado company by Colorado Biz Magazine based on total revenue.  Housing Helpers of Colorado was the only relocation services company to make the list.

The company provides a suite of relocation services that includes corporate housing, rental locating, property management and leasing, and real estate brokerage.  It’s clients include companies large and small, as well as government agencies, universities, cities and municipalities, individuals and families that are relocating to Colorado.

Housing Helpers also assists those that are relocating outside of Colorado through it’s national network of corporate housing providers, real estate agents, and property managers.

The company is a member of the Employee Relocation Council, The Corporate Housing Providers Association, and National Association of Realtors.

The list is based on total annual revenue and also includes revenue growth, number of employees, and years in business.  See the full list here.  

About Housing Helpers Colorado

Housing Helpers Colorado is a full service real estate, corporate housing, and property management company offering a diverse selection of properties and services for property owners, renters, corporations, business travelers, and individuals. We are local professionals that are committed to the Colorado communities where we live and work. Housing Helpers of Colorado is proud to be a Top 100 Woman Owned Colorado company.

Housing Helpers of Colorado services include:

 

Real Estate     Corporate Housing    Property Management 

Relocation Services     Housing Helpers Agents  

 

5 Signs You Need a New Property Management Strategy

When you invest in a rental property in Colorado, you receive steady passive income as well as enjoy home appreciation. But trying to manage a rental property on your own is often stressful. Sometimes you fix up a property so well that tenants don’t want to leave even when you don’t want to renew a lease. By hiring a good property management company, you minimize property damage, stress and boost profits and tax benefits. According to a piece by thebalance.com, there are several signs that indicate the need for a new property management strategy, especially for DIY landlords ill-equipped to handle rough tenants.

You like to travel or live out of the area

If you don’t live close to your Colorado rental property or travel extensively for work, it’s a sign indicating you need a good property manager to oversee the maintenance and upkeep. Hiring a property manager frees up your time. Some people think they can manage a rental home until an unexpected family illness or accident takes up their attention and time.

You want to increase your portfolio

If you want to buy another rental home or condo, it’s another sign that you need a property manager. Most people can’t juggle numerous tenants. A property manager shows your rental home to potential tenants, screens people, collects rent and enforces the lease. Real estate experts point out that it’s still a good time to own rental properties in popular areas such as Colorado.

You know your strengths and weaknesses

If you know your personal strong and weak points, recognize that not everyone is good at playing the “tough guy.” Some people like to please others, which is fine. But when it comes to owning a rental property, it’s best to stay organized and enforce the lease. Even if you are handy, a full-property management company saves you time.

You don’t have the time

When it comes to the rental property business, it’s a full-time job. If you feel overwhelmed with your business or career, consider whether a property manager is the best fit for your work situation. You still receive tax benefits as long as you actively participate by hiring a property manager.

You don’t have the right personality

Some people feel stressed when people damage their property or start arguments. A property manager handles disputes for you. If a tenant has a problem with a neighbor or wants something fixed, it’s quickly resolved in a professional manner. If you don’t like interacting with people, can’t handle conflicts well or feel a lot of stress, lean on a property management company.

Many rental property owners in Colorado enjoy passive without massive headaches. At Housing Helpers of Colorado, we connect people looking for rental homes or condos to available properties. Talk to us about managing your rental home. For more information about what a property manager can do for you, please contact us at 303-545-6000  

Boulder Property Management      Louisville CO Property Management

Arvada Property Management       Longmont Property Management

 

Boulder County Real Estate CEO Roundtable With Stephanie Iannone

Boulder home market ‘healthier’ as appreciation rate declines

Courtesy of BizWest Media

BOULDER — The rate at which single-family homes appreciate in Boulder is slowing down, and more homes are becoming available on the market, pointing to a “healthier” residential market in the city by the Flatirons.

DB Wilson, broker associate with Re/Max of Boulder, said the rate at which home prices have appreciated has dropped from 14 percent a year ago to between 5 percent and 6 percent now.

“That’s healthier,” he said, but added that there isn’t much available for sale below $550,000 in Boulder.

“We’ve lost the low end,” he said during BizWest’s CEO Roundtable on real estate and construction held Tuesday at the offices of Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti LLP.

He said the number of home sales are up, the time on the market is shorter, and the market still favors sellers, pointing out there is about 3½ months of inventory, still below the ideal six months of inventory.

Wilson said home prices historically appreciate steeply in four-year cycles.

“We are in the last year of a four-year period,” he said. “But I don’t expect prices to go down … they will likely level off.”

The median home price in Boulder exceeded $1 million in May, and was in the high $900,000s in June.

Stephanie Iannone, owner and managing broker of Housing Helpers, said the number of offers a seller may expect is declining.

“Higher prices are making it harder to qualify for a mortgage,” Iannone said. “Only 26 percent of the inventory is below $400,000 in Boulder County.”

David Sinkey, president and CEO of homebuilder Boulder Creek Neighborhoods, has found his sweet spot — building ranch-style homes for empty nesters in the $300,000 to $400,000 range.

“We can’t build enough product,” he said. But he is also finding success in building and selling homes for active adults that command $900,000 to $1.2 million.

Sinkey agreed with Wilson that there is no good answer for dealing with affordability.

Cost of construction, rising taxes

The problem facing homebuilders — and commercial developers — is the rising cost of construction.

In the commercial sector, it is affecting lease rates for tenant finishes of commercial and industrial buildings, as are increasing property taxes driven higher by assessed building valuations.

Jorge Espinoza, broker associate and principal at The Colorado Group, said several factors are affecting the increasing cost of making improvements for tenants tenant finishes made by landlords — lack of skilled labor, increased material costs and the city of Boulder’s new energy code. The code, Espinoza said, requires landlords to bring an entire building to the new code when the project reaches a certain percentage of a building’s assessed value.

Some of these improvements are not being done if tenants aren’t willing to absorb the added cost in the lease.

“It’s creating a big struggle in negotiating, Espinoza said. “It all depends on what the landlord is willing to do — sometimes, it’s take it or leave it.”

Lynda Gibbons, CEO of Gibbons-White Inc., said those taxes can reach $5 per square foot, and the city’s parking requirements for a new project can add $2 to $3 per square foot to a lease.

Gibbons, who was an investor in and handles leasing for Pearl West, a mixed-use development in downtown Boulder, said the city’s push to “make (industrial) parks more fun” by incorporating more amenities in the parks such as restaurants, coffee shops and places for social meetups is “weakening the core.”

Becky Gamble, CEO of Dean Callan & Co., said park owners have benefitted from this. “That’s where smaller companies can go when they can’t afford to be downtown anymore.”

Jeff Wingert, president and chief operating officer of W.W. Reynolds Cos., said subleasing office and industrial space has been in a slowdown mode for at least a year, but sees signs of life.

“East of 28th Street, there has been a fair amount of activity picking up the last two to three months,” Wingert said.

Developing industrial buildings on speculation is paying off for most right now.

Developers are leasing-out spec buildings before they can complete them in the Colorado Technology Center in Louisville.  Andrew Freeman, principal of Freeman Capital Management, said he expects the park to be built-out in the next couple of years.

Keith Burden, principal and managing broker of Burden Inc., said his company’s new light-industrial building in Gunbarrel designed for smaller companies leased out quickly, adding that lease rates for industrial space has hit a new high.

Chris Jensen, principal of Vista Commercial Advisors Inc., said not all builders can gain the financing needed because of increased building costs.

“Lenders and builders are having a harder time agreeing on projects,” Jensen said. “Cost of construction along with increased cost of building permits in many cities, as high as $50,000 per house, creates a challenge. … It’s blowing up deals.”

Sinkey added that new codes requiring fire-suppression systems can cost $10,000. “I don’t see that coming down,” he said.

Reshaping the shopping center

The type of brick and mortar retail businesses in shopping centers is making a monumental shift, moving from soft and hard goods to food and entertainment venues.

“Food is the new anchor category,” said Allen Ginsborg, managing director and principal at NewMark Merrill Mountain States, the group that converted the enclosed Twin Peaks Mall into The Village at the Peaks, an open-air center that is predominantly made up of eateries and entertainment.

Another prime example is the Village at Burlington shopping center in Longmont. At one time, its two anchor tenants were an Office Depot and a Sports Authority sporting-goods store.

It now has as anchors, The Wild Game, an entertainment center that includes bowling, a bar, arcade and live music space, and The Jump Craze, an indoor trampoline park that will open in mid-August, said Burden, who owns and manages the Village at Burlington.

While Ginsborg said retailers are in a state of reconsolidation,  Stephen Tebo, founder and owner of Tebo Development, hasn’t had a problem keeping his retail properties totaling 350,000 square feet leased. He said he has only two spaces vacant, one of 1,400 square feet and another of 1,700 square feet.

“There isn’t a lot of retail being built,” Tebo said. “There has been turnover of prime spaces. We had five open up within two blocks of each other, but we were able to fill them fairly quickly.”

Participants

Keith Burden, principal/managing broker, Burden Inc.; Jorge Espinoza, broker associate/principal, The Colorado Group; Andrew Freeman, principal, Freeman Capital Management; Becky Gamble, CEO, Dean Callan & Co.; Lynda Gibbons, CEO, Gibbons-White Inc.; Allen Ginsborg, managing director/principal, NewMark Merrill Mountain States; Stephanie Iannone, owner/managing broker, Housing Helpers; Chris Jensen, principal, Vista Commercial Advisors Inc.; David Sinkey, president/CEO, Boulder Creek Neighborhoods; Stephen Tebo, founder/owner, Tebo Development Co.; DB Wilson, broker associate, Re/Max of Boulder; Jeff Wingert, president/COO, W.W. Reynolds Cos. Moderator: Christopher Wood. Sponsors: Justin Dodge and Liz Castro, EKS&H; George Berg, Becky Rigo and Peter Schaub, Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti.

 

Boulder County Real Estate

Housing Helpers Real Estate Team

Housing Helpers Colorado Named Top 100 Woman Owned Business!

We are proud to announce that Housing Helpers led by owner Stephanie Iannone has been named to the Top 100 Woman Owned Businesses in Colorado for the 7th consecutive year.  Ranking 49th on the list, Housing Helpers is a real estate and relocation services company with headquarters in Boulder Colorado.

With Iannone at the helm, Housing Helpers is celebrating another important milestone this year as well, its 30th year in business. The company has grown over the years, starting as a small rental locating office in Boulder Colorado, to now handling national and international real estate, corporate housing, and relocation business for Fortune 500 companies.

I am thrilled to be recognized as one of the Top 100 Women Owned Colorado Companies. I’m grateful to the entire Housing Helpers team and to our wonderful clients. This is truly an honor. – Stephanie Iannone, Housing Helpers Owner

At the heart of all Housing Helpers services is the company’s values simply stated in its tag line, “helping people connect with places”.   The company is a “one-stop-shop” for corporate HR managers, Travel and Recruiting Directors, and Corporate Executives to handle all of their housing needs from rentals, to home purchase, and temporary housing.  

“What sets Housing Helpers apart is its diverse offering of services to handle the full life cycle of housing needs for its clients.  We work very hard to take the burden of employee housing off the shoulders of corporate executives which creates tremendous value for our clients”  – Stephanie Iannone, Housing Helpers Owner    

Housing Helpers core services include Corporate Housing, Rental Locating, Real Estate, Relocation Services, and newly added to the portfolio this year is Property Management.

For more information contact Housing Helpers at 303-545-6000, www.housinghelpers.com

View the full list of the Top 100 Woman Owned Businesses Here:  https://cobizmag.com/List%20top%20100%202017%201-100.pdf

Mistakes Newbies Make with Real Estate Investing

When investing in Colorado real estate, avoid the stock market mentality. Buying a Colorado home to turn into a rental property isn’t a get-rich-quick strategy, but a long-term approach for building wealth and passive income.

With real estate investing fever and a hot rental market in Colorado, it’s easy to get carried away. Just as the stock market doesn’t behave the same way over the decades, the housing market is also unpredictable. By working with a solid property manager and choosing the right Colorado home that draws a reasonable market rent off the bat, you avoid some of the real estate investing nightmares.

Buying a home you hate

Don’t buy an investment property if it’s a home you would not personally want to live in for at least two years. Oftentimes, investors save on capital gains taxes by moving into their rental homes for at least two years before selling. On other hand, the home has to appeal to renters. The goal is to avoid high tenant turnover with an attractive property that can produce passive income for 5 to 10 years or longer.

Going into it without cash reserves

Another common mistake is to take out money from retirement accounts to put the 20 percent typical down payment on an investment property. Oftentimes, investors don’t keep enough cash reserves. Make sure you have enough money for basic costs such as property management, maintenance and a few large expenditures such as A/C replacement.

Forgetting it’s a business

Owning a rental property in Colorado is a business. Even if you don’t want to play the “bad guy” when collecting rent or enforcing a lease, treat your Colorado real estate as though it’s your business. A good property management company helps you stay on track. After buying your first rental property, consider investing in more. Give yourself at last a year or two to make sure your real estate investing plans are successful.

According to a piece by forbes.com, investors often make renovations that don’t pay off in the long-term. Avoid the urge to constantly upgrade. Consider hiring a professional interior designer before selling or renting out your home. As an investor, rely on other people to help you reach your goals.

If you are interested in learning more about purchasing investment property in Colorado contact the experienced real estate agents at Housing Helpers of Colorado to learn more.  303-545-6000

Property Management Boulder Colorado

Discover How To Become A Great Landlord

Property management and being a landlord is tough, to put things mildly. One must contend with constantly complaining tenants, those who do not pay their rent, and seemingly endless repairs and maintenance issues. Rental real estate and being a landlord comes with a lot of responsibility and stress. When everything is said and done, it can all turn a good-natured person into a jaded landlord.

Nonetheless, being a good landlord is essential if you want good tenants. It is easier to just look at renters as merely revenue, rather than people and building good tenant/landlord relationships. There are numerous benefits to creating a strong connection with your tenants. It is important to attract and retain good tenants, and it becomes very costly when a property becomes vacant. Happy tenants are just good business. Don’t you agree?

Above and beyond the lost rent, it can take a landlord 40 hours or more to replace a tenant. That is time spent advertising the property, screening prospects, showing the rental, reviewing applications and everything else required. Working to keep good tenants makes a whole lot more sense. So, with that in mind, here are some tips to get started.

Becoming a Great Landlord

1. Customize Your Lease – Those fill-in-the-black forms you find online and in office supply stores are one-size-fits-most, even when they are state specific. Create a straightforward lease with clear expectations and rules, including late payment fees.

2. Educate Your Tenants – Set expectations early. Don’t assume they will actually read the lease or your rental guidelines. Take the time to explain all your rules and policies. A little time up front will help you avoid headaches later.

3. Set Up Regular Property Inspections – This will give you the opportunity to make sure that the property is in good condition and stay on top of maintenance. However, it also gives you the opportunity to see how tenants are treating your property.

4. Make Timely Repairs – As the landlord, you are responsible for the repair and upkeep of the rental property. Don’t wait until something becomes an emergency. The faster you handle repairs, the happier your tenant.

5. Always Use Precise Language – If a tenant violates the rules of the lease, it is important to use precise language. If you are not clear, you may lose the ability to enforce that clause of the agreement.

6. Respect Privacy – Your tenants have a right to their privacy. You need to provide proper notice if you plan a visit. Moreover, it is a good idea to limit visits to regular business hours or the very early evening.

7. Show Compassion – Some will disagree, but if you show a tenant some compassion when they have an issue (within reason), they will remember the kindness. This can create a lot of goodwill and loyalty. Just don’t let yourself be taken advantage of.

For more property management tips contact Housing Helpers professional property managers at 303-545-6000.

Property Management Tips : Tapping Into the Millennial Generation for Rentals

Property management involves several tasks. Among the most basic tasks is the job of securing renters for the properties. Understanding the rental market is one way for property managers to boost business.

According to recent statistics from the National Multifamily Housing Council, 51 percent of the rental market consists of millennials, and the percentage will likely increase. Millennials are less inclined to purchase a home than previous generations. Since this is a key demographic for rentals, it makes sense for property managers to gain an understanding of those to whom they will likely be renting. Here are 3 characteristics of millennials.

 

Technology Savvy 

Millennials have been raised connected to the internet. They use their smart phones for about everything including texting, shopping, research, and self-care. Many millennials connect to the internet to fill out applications and make many of their regular purchases. So, in order to attract this group of people, property managers need to make rentals accessible online as well as offering a platform for filling out the application.

Once millennials become tenants, make maintenance requests simple with an interactive platform. The convenience will go a long way in keeping them locked in.

Socially Responsible

Research indicates that millennials are concerned about social responsibility. Highlighting any “green” features of the rental will go a long way with this group. Also, if there are any social causes that the property managers or owners are involved in, it can create a connection with millennials.

Social

Millennials love company and friends. Whether they are getting together for a cookout or checking out a new museum, they enjoy social activities. When selling your property to millennials, it is advantageous to mention or list all of the social spots around town.

 Understanding the millennial preferences aids property managers in renting to this group. Connect with us for more information about property management.

Boulder Property Management          Longmont Property Management

Louisville Property Management       Superior Property Management

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Angela Vander Meyden Housing Helpers

Housing Helpers VP Named to Boulder Valley 40 Under 40

Housing Helpers of Colorado Vice President of Corporate Housing and Relocation Services, Angela Vander Meyden was named to the BizWest Boulder Valley 40 Under 40 – a program that recognizes emerging young leaders in Boulder and Broomfield Counties who make a difference in their companies, industries, and communities.   Those being honored had to be younger than age 40 by January 31st of this year.

As VP at Housing Helpers of Colorado, Vander Meyden helps people make the Boulder area their home.  Whether relocating from around the corner or around the globe her passion is helping people join the community.  Vander Meyden overseas the largest inventory of corporate housing suites in the northwest Denver metro area.   Housing Helpers provides relocation services, real estate, and corporate housing to some of Colorado’s largest employers, government agencies, Universities, and individuals relocating to Colorado.

Angela has also twice served as president of the Boulder Area Rental Housing Association, working to promote professional values for Landlords while protecting personal property rights.  She currently chairs the recruitment committee for the Corporate Housing Providers Association and volunteers on the Joint Legislative Task Force for the Apartment Association of Metro Denver.

Vander Meyden also has her “pet” projects.  She volunteers with two animal rescue groups, helping socialize kittens from a ferrel environment and fostering retired racing greyhounds.  Angela has helped her greyhound feel at home – and in her fifth year at Housing Helpers of Colorado she’s helping people feel at home as well!

 

Corporate Housing           Relocation Services            Real Estate

 

 

Top Reasons to Rely on Property Management Company for Your Rentals

Although you could manage a rental property, many real estate investors rely on an experienced property management company to handle the details of their rentals. A property manager takes an active interest in protecting your rental property as well as satisfying the reasonable demands of tenants.

New rental property owners sometimes take on the monumental task of managing their own property only to deal with emotional and financial drains as well as unexpected headaches. To figure out if hiring a property management company would serve as a solution for your particular situation, consider the main reasons most investors rely on professional landlords.

Saving time

The old saying that “time is money” is literally true!   If you have a full-time job, family or career that requires you to travel, taking care of your own rental property often requires too much attention. Most people are too busy to deal with the everyday problems associated with tenants such as collecting rent, calling repair professionals and enforcing the lease.  A property management company will sabe you time.  

Screening tenants

Most people aren’t familiar with the tenant and landlord laws. A property management company finds qualified tenants that are the best match for your rental home. By running a background check and reviewing a tenant’s rental history, it’s possible to minimize risks.   

Serving as an intermediary

When you own a rental property, you don’t necessarily want tenants calling your or violating your privacy. With a property management company, you don’t end up having tenants showing up on your front door step with the check or calling with complaints. A property manager is the point of contact for the tenants when they want emergency repairs or need to air concerns or ask questions.

Other important reasons people hire a property management company include legal considerations such as evicting tenants the property way. Also, property managers know the best vendors and contractors for necessary repairs.  

Whether you need help renting your property or managing your property contact Housing Helpers for the most professional landlords in Colorado.  303-545-6000.

Boulder Property Management      Longmont Property Management

Arvada Property Management        Broomfield Property Management

Louisville Property Management     Superior Property Management

 

Apartment Finders

3 Clauses to Check In An Apartment Lease

You should always know what you are getting into before signing an apartment lease. While most leases you will encounter are generic, standard fill-in-the-blank forms, once you sign, you are locked into a binding contract. Initially, you may look at your new apartment as a dream come true. However, if you are wrong, it could become a year long nightmare.

We all can understand the notion of “Rental Search Fatigue,” when you have searched so long or under a stressful time constant. The pressure can cloud your judgment, cause you to rush, and push you to overlook details. It is always a good idea to pause, take a breath, and then carefully example the details of your new apartment lease before you sign. Here are some things you want to look for in an apartment lease when you have a clear judgment.

1. Early Lease Termination Clause – You want to know if you have the power to terminate the lease early and the amount of the early termination fee. If an early termination clause does not exist, you could be responsible for the remainder of the lease or at least up to when the landlord finds a new tenant.

2. Security Deposit – Examine the lease closing to discover if an early termination will cause you to forfeit the security deposit. Some leases state that your security deposit will be treated as “liquidated damages” for re-rental expenses. This could mean relinquishing the deposit even if you find someone to take over your lease.

3. Late Fees – It is important to know how much late fees are, and how they accrue. Some landlords charge a flat late fee, while others charge a daily late fee, or some combination of both. Yet, there are some who will charge no late fees. Nonetheless, most leases will state late fees are recognized as “rent”. As a result, it is possible to be evicted just because you failed to pay the late fees.

What haven’t we covered yet that is important to you? If you would like to talk the things to look for in an apartment lease, or need more information, please Contact Housing Helpers

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Longmont Apartments            Arvada Apartments         

Westminster Apartments        Lafayette Apartments

 

 

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