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Hire a Trustworthy Property Management Company and Relax

As an investor you want a worry free return of investment on your money.  Today, rates are making this nearly impossible through the banking system. However, investing in rental property has many advantages in this new economy, but the burden of personally managing your property assets is not one of them.

A most significant aspect of property management and return on investments is the filling of vacancies. If this is not handled correctly, efficiently and wisely it will cost the owner on revenue, time, and expenses. The property management of filling vacancies involves many steps that are best handled by an experienced team. Below are some of these steps:

  • Deciding on the rent amount. This must match or reflect the existing offers in the neighborhood.
  • Advertising the property for rent in all forms of media: social, exclusive rental websites, print, referral networks and the use of highly trained leasing professionals. 
  • Showing the unit. This takes time and coordination.  It is best to have a mechanism which eliminates the obviously unqualified potential tenant.  A good property management team will do this. 
  • Screening the potential tenant prudently.  This is to demonstrate that a potential tenant is financially stable and able to afford your rent. 
  • Coordination of the lease signing and all agreements. The documented lease is the protection device for both the owner and the tenant.  As such it is a very important document.

Finally the most important topic Hire a Trustworthy Property Management Company and Relax. That is where Housing Helpers come in.  We help you with property management whether you live nearby or are an out-of-state property owner, we know your needs and have a proven track-record.  We are willing to work for your trust by delivering outstanding service.  And remember there are NO up-front cost. You only pay for results.

Contact us today and RELAX!

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Three Emerging Real Estate Trends Roll On in 2016

As predicted by many experts and analysts, the first quarter for the real estate industry was a steady and consistent move in a positive direction.

One never knows the impact of a Presidential race and what a new Commander in Chief will have on the following year, but for now pay attention and grab a hold of these three emerging trends that are rolling on in 2016:

1. Outside The Box … Or in it? Once seen as a fad approximately 18 months ago, the idea of non-traditional housing is really gaining some steam. Ever watch the show, “Tiny House, Big Living” on HGTV?

The concept of micro-housing takes center stage on this program where couples or even small families live in an area that accommodates all of their living quarters in one approximately 220-400 square foot living space. Claustrophobics need not apply …

Anyway, this idea is really gaining in popularity with more and more people hesitant to dive into a mortgage that they may not be able to afford if companies like Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan Chase ever decide to throw away everybody’s money again and cause another major recession or worse. 

2. Common Sense Risk Management  High level computations and complex data analysis are great, but they too have limitations.

Sometimes, the human touch provides something when assessing risk that computers can’t, which is good intuition based on previous experience and even strong hunches.

Humans really have a unique skill set when looking at trends and attempting to predict tomorrow’s ups and downs because they this intuition lends itself well to anticipating smart investment choices.

3. Second City Mania  Why is everybody is talking about smaller cities like Louisville Colorado and Austin, TX?   Known as second cities or 18-hour cities, these locations are developing at a rapid pace and the time to get in is now.

More than just Austin, start thinking about Nashville, Portland, and San Antonio among others. The cost of living is lower than in places like New York and Chicago obviously, but there is also plenty to do with an air of hipness that purveys home ownership or rental residents in these areas.

In addition to national real estate trends we are always tracking the Colorado Real Estate Market.  As areas like Boulder and Denver continue to explode with high demand and rising prices its hard to know where to invest in real estate right now.  We like some of the lesser known and less publicized communities in between that don’t get as much press.   To find out which ones we like you’ll need to give us a call!

 

Contact Stephanie Iannone          About Stephanie Iannone, Realtor

 

Denver Leads as a Hottest Home Market 

Making the life-changing transition from renting to owning follows major research and decision-making. One of those choices is your home buying location – and what better city to buy a home than Denver, which was ranked the no. 1 hottest real estate market for 2016?

The top home markets across the nation were rated based on Zillow’s Home Value Index (ZHVI) Forecast, recent income growth and low unemployment rates. Denver took the top spot with 5 percent forecasted home value growth throughout the next year and a low 3.1 percent unemployment rate across the entire metro area.

The hottest submarkets include Delmar Parkway, Highline Villages and Centretech in Aurora with Ruby Hill placing high among neighborhoods in the entire metro.

Before packing your bags and relocating to Denver, future home buyers need to crunch the numbers and learn about their buying power. Developing a housing budget helps determine whether it’s best to rent or buy a home in Denver, assisted by the breakeven horizon – or the number of years it takes for buying to become cheaper than renting the same home.

Cost of buying in Denver

The median home value in Denver is $343,800, an impressive 15.3 percent rise from one year ago. If a homebuyer were to put 20 percent down on a median-priced home in Denver, or $68,760, assuming a 30-year fixed loan at a 3.508 percent interest rate, they would pay $1,647 per month. The total mortgage payment includes principal and interest ($1,236), insurance ($67) and taxes ($377).

Cost of renting in Denver

Assuming you’re looking to rent an apartment in Denver at a median value, you would pay $1,959 per month. In the wider Denver metro, renters pay a median $1,977 per month. Compared to the national median of $1,388 per month, rental rates in Denver are costlier, but keep in mind Denver is a buzzing city and U.S. medians include rates from towns across the entire country.

When does buying outpace renting?

While the example mortgage payment of $1,647 per month is lower than the median city rent rate of $1,959 per month, it is still cheaper to rent first when accounting for the down payment of $68,760. In addition, the cost of buying goes beyond monthly mortgage rates to encompass closing costs and the general fees of homeownership, like maintenance.

In Denver, the breakeven horizon as of the last quarter of 2015 was 1.7 years, a 0.09 rise from the year prior. So, if you’re planning to stay in a home longer than 1.7 years it’s more cost-effective to buy.

Overall, if you have the recommended 20 percent down payment ready, buying a home in Denver now could be a great investment opportunity. However, this is assuming you perform the proper home buyer due diligence.

Keep in mind, you typically don’t need 20 percent upfront to buy a home (depending on your lender pre-qualifications), but a heftier down payment ensures a lower interest rate. If you aren’t quite financially prepared to buy, renting below budget to save before those 1.7 years are up is your best bet in the meantime.

By Jennifer Riner, Zillow

 

Denver Real Estate Agents        Colorado Rentals 

Corporate Housing by Housing Helpers Colorado

Corporate Housing Makes Extended Travel More Comfortable

Salespeople, engineers, managers and other business people frequently come to Colorado to support customers, negotiate contracts and work with colleagues in other offices. While hotels can provide convenient lodging for short business trips, many travelers prefer more permanent accommodations when traveling for periods of weeks or months at a time.

It can be difficult to rent an apartment for business trips of weeks to a few months. Most landlords require lease durations of between 6 months and 2 years. Once you have rented an apartment, you must find furniture and provide linens and cookware. In addition, you must transfer utilities into the name of either your company or the employee who will stay in the apartment. This creates an incredible amount of work and is infeasible for short trips.

Corporate housing provides the right combination of price and features to make business travelers comfortable on long trips. It is less expensive than a hotel, but lets travelers move in with only a suitcase full of clothes. The landlord provides linens, housewares, cookware, dishes, and maintains utilities, including high-speed internet and cable television.

Many people who travel for weeks at a time miss having a kitchen; while eating at restaurants can be fun as a novelty, travelers often long for the ability to eat in privacy. Corporate housing provides extended stay travelers with a full kitchen and all the amenities that make them comfortable preparing meals and stocking their favorite foods for a long stay.

Corporate housing fills the space between hotels and apartments. It provides all amenities and lets your employees move in with just their clothes but costs less than a hotel. It also provides a level of comfort for long-term stays that hotels can’t match. In addition to using corporate housing for long-term business trips, many companies rent and maintain furnished apartments for whichever employee is in town on a particular day.

Housing Helpers provides corporate housing throughout Colorado.  Our corporate apartments and homes are thoughtfully furnished and designed to insure a comfortable and convenient stay for business travelers and those in need of temporary housing.  For more information on booking corporate housing with Housing Helpers call 303-545-6000.

 

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The 3 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Rental

Renting a space to live in can be a difficult task to negotiate: especially in the Boulder area, you’ll need to quickly find a place that meets all your needs and be ready to fill out your application that same day!  Otherwise the property will likely get rented and you will lose out on it.

Whether you have a day or a month to decide, though, you’ll want to be sure that you’re making the best decision in your rental space.  So use this handy checklist of three essential questions that you may not have thought to ask to help you find your dream rental:

1. Who is taking care of you?  Be sure to know how problems and questions will be resolved at your new place. Is the owner local, and able to help if needed right away, or long-distance, and thus, not a quick resource? Is the owner an individual, or a property management company?

An individual may be more flexible on rules and regulations that you may want to bend, but a property management company will likely have standards in place to assist you in the event of any incident at your rental. Know if you’ll have an on-site super for urgent issues, or if you’ll have to handle any adjustments yourself.  And most importantly, know your comfort level in each of these cases, so you can accurately decide which situations will work for you.

2. What amenities are included?  Know all the details before you sign. What extras are included in the rent, and what will you have to cover on your own? Depending on the rental property’s arrangement, your monthly costs could go significantly up. In addition, know what features the building has on hand to make your life easier (or not). When you know the extra effort and cost you’ll also have to shoulder each month, you can more clearly weigh your choices.

Here are some of the basic “extras” for you to consider, find out if they are they included in rent, or in your rental space:

  • Leasing /Admin Fees
  • Application Fees
  • Security Deposits
  • Utilities
  • Heat & Hot Water
  • Electricity
  • Gas
  • Central A/C
  • Laundry, Washer/Dryer
  • Microwave
  • Trash & Recycling
  • Cable
  • Internet
  • Repairs & Maintenance
  • Large-package Collection
  • Parking
  • Transportation (if in a commuter area)

3. Does it meet your non-negotiable needs?  In the end, you need to be happy here, so know what’s most important to you, and try to find an apartment with at least the top few items on your list (finding everything you’ve ever wanted may be difficult unless your budget is unlimited -but finding a great place that meets many needs shouldn’t be impossible for you).

Does the place allow pets–and is there a fee? Is there lots of natural light? Does it have a second bedroom, or a large kitchen suitable for frequent cooking? Is there ample storage space? There are many such questions to ask when looking for an apartment, so know the order to ask them in for yourself, and see how many of your top desires are checked off. You’ll be easily able to compare multiple locations this way.

Finding a rental place can be both exhausting and exciting, but with this checklist of questions to ask when looking for a rental, you’ll be able to narrow down on the place for you quicker and easier-and you’ll be able to enjoy your new home knowing you’ve made the best decision!   For help finding your perfect rental contact Housing Helpers at 303-545-6000 or check out our rental listings at www.housinghelpers.com

 

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The Boulder Real Estate Market Appeal

Nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in north central Colorado, beautiful Boulder is home to the flagship campus of the University of Colorado. With an educated population, plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun and eclectic neighborhoods, the city has always been a desirable place to live.

The Boulder Real Estate Market varies from stunning single family homes on The Hill to trendy town houses on the way north to Lyons.  Rental homes and apartment communities pepper the areas around the University campus. Table Mesa has quiet lanes with ranch ramblers and fenced yards. Residences not far from pedestrian-friendly Pearl Street Mall are clustered along leafy streets. Mapleton Hill homes are large, elegant and rich in character.  Tiny homes are popping up here and there. Boulder’s real estate offers something for nearly everyone.

The city of Boulder takes its quality of life seriously, so enforcement of building regulations is an ongoing effort.  Home lots smaller than 35 acres cannot be subdivided.  Limiting new building heights is the norm.

Environmentalism has always had a home in Boulder.   When it comes to “green” practices and real estate, the city encourages rooftop solar panel installation as a way to reduce dependence on the local energy company.

Active and engaged, residents know that they live in a special place. Whether they are tech start-up employees, entrepreneurs, college professors or writers, they work to keep their neighborhoods clean, safe and inviting.

Today, the median Boulder home price is $591,950, a nearly 24% increase over a year ago.    This price is definitely on the high side, but for many people who live in this progressive, appealing city, it is a price worth paying.

For more information about the Boulder Real Estate market contact one of our award winning Boulder Real Estate Agents today at 303-545-6000.

 

Boulder Real Estate Agents         Stephanie Iannone Realtor

 

5 Key Things to Look For in Your New Home

When looking to buy your first home, you’ll have a lot on your mind; between pricing, location, and the actual house itself, you may find yourself overwhelmed with details. As you look at potential homes, then, be sure to consider these five key items in order to ensure you’ll soon have the residence and the lifestyle of your dreams:

  1. Structure 

Viewing homes for sale can become a battle of first impressions; don’t let it be. As you imagine yourself in each room, remember that paint, scuffs, and dirt can easily be fixed. What can’t be fixed so simply is the house’s structure: is the wiring all in place? Foundation solid? Appliances up-to-date? Take note.

  1. Layout

Remember that you’ll be living in this space, and imagine your day-to-day activities. Will you find it comfortable in these potential homes to travel from the kitchen to the living room, from to the bedroom to the bathroom? Will it feel natural to move throughout the house, or are the spaces more difficult to navigate than you’d prefer?

  1. Temperature

Consider the home’s potential in all seasons, no matter when you buy: will it be drafty and cold in the winter? Will it trap heat in the summer? A property’s age can play into this, but it’s also important to note the effectiveness of the heating and cooling systems, as these can be expensive to replace, and having the right home temperature can make all the difference in your comfort.

  1. Natural light

You’ll be spending the bulk of your time in your home, so windows–direction they’re facing, placement, and size–are real factors to consider. You’ll want to have the optimal amount of natural light for you in your home, which is something that is easy to pass by in the inspection phase of home-buying. Consider what time of day you’ll have the most light, and how it will affect you in your potential new home.

  1. The kitchen

The kitchen’s appliances, features, and layout are all important to consider, especially if you’ll be eating in frequently. Many kitchen updates can become costly, and you’ll likely want to have as smooth a move-in as possible; a kitchen with the amenities you desire is the perfect start. (In addition, if you ever plan to sell in the future, a good kitchen is the number-one selling point for home buyers!)

With these five quick points considered, you’ll find yourself much closer to knowing if the property you’re viewing could become the home for you.

 

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5 Ways to Make Your Rental Feel Like Home

 

Whether you are still working on saving money to buy a home in the future, or you just like renting, you might want to know how to turn a home that you are renting into one that feels like one that you own. Certain changes or upgrades are impossible, but you can do quite a lot to your rental to add personalization.

Wall Decorations

Putting decorations on the wall is one thing that you should definitely take advantage of, mainly because it is unused space that you can use to display collectible items, artwork, calendars, and more. Walking into a room that is full of pictures of things that you love is a great way to make it feel like your own.

Lots of Pillows

Creating a comfortable bed is essential to achieving a homelike feeling. Whenever you go to a hotel or you look at model homes, the master bed is generally full of pillows. Although most of the pillows are for decoration, you can make your room feel like a master bedroom in your own home with lots of pillows.

Mounted TV

Mounting a TV on the wall in a rental is something that you might be afraid to do, but it is completely viable when you are able to find a stud in the wall that is in a good location. Since you can tilt and turn TVs that are mounted, it can give you a feeling of control, which is what homeowners have.

Painting

Although you will want to speak with your landlord, you might be able to paint part of the home. If they allow you to paint everything, you may not want to because it can take a lot of work to paint it all back. Alternatively, painting one wall is likely a possibility and can give you the feeling that you want to have.

Plants

Just because you may not have free reign of the landscape does not mean you cannot have plants. Houseplants are certainly an option, but you can also get potted plants for the outdoors.

If you want to make your rental feel like a home that you own, you should use some of these tips.

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Luxury Townhome Downtown Boulder

Luxury Townhome Rental on Boulder Creek

Unique, High End Luxury Townhome Rental on Boulder Creek with exclusive social club membership.

Property Description

Urban/pedestrian location adjacent to Boulder Creek & within a few blocks of Pearl St. Mall, CU, & Boulder Open Space/ parks. Unparalleled HIGH END Private/Community Living in UNIQUE Upscale Townhomes with no one living above or below. Windows on 3 sides- BEAUTIFUL! Access to Prominent City Club (Social Club) ask your Housing Helpers representative for more details

Property Details

Area:  BOULDER
Zip Code:  80302
Square Feet: 2000
Beds: 2 BR
Property Features: Air Conditioning,Business Center,Clubhouse,Fireplace,Five-Piece Bath,Hiking/Biking Trails Nearby,Main level bedroom,Mountain View,Patio/Deck,Playground,Sauna,Garage,Hardwood Floors,Washer/Dryer included,Carport,Unfenced yard,Acreage,Granite Countertops,Stainless Appliances
Pets: Up to 1 dogs, up to 1 cats. pets considered. Subject to additional fees
Parking: Carport
Laundry: Full Size W/D inc.
Utilities: Type of heat – Gas.
Resident pays: electricity,sewer,phone,gas,water,cable.
Owner pay: trash.
Schools:
Lease Info: 5 Month – 12 Month, lease until 4/30/16 or 12m lease
Rent: $6500
Contact:

Housing Helpers 303-545-6000

Subdivision:   BOULDER-DOWNTOWN
Nearest Intersection:  Arapahoe and 9th
Property Type:  Townhouse
Baths:  2 full baths
Deposit: $6500
Interested in buying a home? Contact one of our realtors today!
If you can afford rent, you can probably afford to buy! Contact a realtor and ask about first time buyer’s assistance.

For more information on this listing check out Luxury Downtown Boulder Townhome or contact Housing Helpers at 303.545.6000

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Townhome For Rent Downtown Boulder

Downtown Boulder Townhome For Rent in Whittier neighborhood

Newly renovated, gorgeous townhome style condo for rent in Downtown Boulder near Pearl Street Mall.

Beautiful downtown condo in nice quiet location. Centrally located between Pearl Street Mall, CU and 29th Street Mall. Newly renovated with gorgeous, solid hardwood floors throughout, tile, in bathrooms, solid marble countertop in main bath, stainless steel appliances, granite and butcher block counter tops in kitchen and custom blinds, all heat and cooling replaced with new, high efficiency units and high quality insulation added to attic for low utility bills. Large bedrooms with plenty of closet space. Managed by owner. One small pet may be negotiable with additional pet deposit. Call Housing Helpers Boulder for showings 303.545.6000

Here are the property details on this townhome rental in the Whittier neighborhood of downtown Boulder:

Area:  BOULDER
Zip Code:  80302
Square Feet: 960
Beds: 2 BR
Property Features: Air Conditioning,Extra Storage,Fireplace,Hiking/Biking Trails Nearby,Patio/Deck,Skylights,Hardwood Floors,Students allowed,Washer/Dryer included,Granite Countertops,Stainless Appliances
Pets: Up to 1 dogs, up to 1 cats. One small pet may be negotiable with additional pet deposit. Call, text or email for showings.
Parking: Reserved/Assigned Parking Additional off-street guest parking
Laundry: Full Size W/D inc.
Utilities: Type of heat – Electric.
Resident pays: electricity,phone,gas,cable.
Owner pay: sewer,water,trash.
Schools: Whittier Elementary (BVSD)
Casey Middle School
Boulder High School
University of Colorado Boulder
Lease Info: 12 Month – 24 Month
Rent: $2400
Contact:

Housing Helpers 303-545-6000

Subdivision:   BOULDER-DOWNTOWN
Nearest Intersection:  22nd street
Property Type:  Townhouse
Baths:  1 1/2 bath
Deposit: $2400
Interested in buying a home? Contact one of our realtors today!

 

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