The 5 Stages of searching for Boulder Apartments

Boulder is often at the top of the list of Colorado cities that consistently rank among the best places to live in the United States. With world-class hiking, skiing and schools at its doorstep, it’s obvious why people are eager to move to Boulder. 

However, the buzz around Boulder has put a crunch on the real estate market. Thousands of people are flocking to the Boulder area to capitalize on the outdoor sports, growing tech market, and good vibes. And as the population rises, so do rent costs.

The Colorado Rental Price Monitor estimated that rent prices in Colorado increased 6 percent between 2014 and 2015, and they continue to climb. 

The five stages of Boulder apartment hunting are all too real for anyone who has come to Boulder seeking an affordable rental downtown:

1. Optimism

You’re moving to Boulder, Colorado! You imagine yourself living next to the Flatirons, biking to work or school in the mile-high sunshine. There will be nights spent strolling  Pearl Street. You’ll run along Boulder Creek Path and drive up to the mountains every weekend to get the most out of your ski pass. 

2. Shock

Then you start searching for Boulder apartments, and there’s major sticker shock. That downtown house you were imagining is going to run you over $1,000 a month – just for a single bedroom. 

3. Disbelief

You start to search farther and wider for more listings, certain there is something you’ve missed. But, as it turns out, the average apartment rent in downtown Boulder and the surrounding neighborhoods is over $1,300 a month. 

4. Grief

Finally, you understand that your dream apartment on Folsom is out of reach at the price range you estimated. Those visions of a bungalow on Pearl Street within walking distance to the bars fade. They are replaced with images of roommates, extra shifts, or taking the bus to and from campus. 

5. Acceptance

Although you may not end up in your dream place this year, there is always next year. In the meantime, you can increase your rent budget and pay to live in a great location, find other people to live with, or expand your search to include different areas or housing types.

The best thing you can do when searching for Boulder apartments is to find a trustworthy rental partner like Housing Helpers who can help you navigate Boulder’s housing market. Housing Helpers can give you tips about the best time to start your search, neighborhoods that are within your budget and even connect you with other people seeking roommates. 

For now, the Boulder rental market shows no signs of slowing. This means Boulder renters will need to become even more competitive in their searches for housing in 2016 and beyond.

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Broomfield Colorado 9th Fastest Growing City in U.S.

Broomfield Colorado is experiencing a growth spurt.  Residents are moving to the Colorado front range suburb in record numbers.

Technically it’s own County, Broomfield Colorado has long been known for its centerpiece Interlocken Advanced Technology Business Park. featuring such company headquarters as;  Vail Resorts, MWH, Level 3 Communications, Staples, Brocade, Oracle, White Wave Foods, and Ball Corporation.

But residents are being drawn to Broomfield for so much more.  New and varied housing stock  including new luxury apartments in Broomfield, new single family housing developments, golf courses, shopping centers, the First Bank Center -events, concerts, and more.  And of course the Flatirons Crossing Mall is located in Broomfield.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau estimates released for the time period of July 1, 2014 through July 1, 2015, Broomfield posted a 5.2 percent growth rate for a population of 65,065 – up from 62,138.  The bureau measures growth of cities with a population of 50,000 residents or more.

If you are considering a move to Broomfield Colorado, Housing Helpers has you covered.   We have local relocation specialists on the ground in Broomfield that can help with your rental search including a Broomfield Apartment Finder service, as well as a large inventory of Broomfield Corporate Housing, and a team of seasoned expert Broomfield Real Estate Agents.   Simply call our office at 303-545-6000 or complete the quick request form on this page.

 

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Colorado Relocation Services

Housing Helpers de-stresses Colorado relocation

About 101,000 new people decided to call Colorado home in 2015, with 80 percent settling in the Front Range roughly from Colorado Springs north to Boulder, Denver and the Wyoming state line. With the official unemployment rate of 3.6 percent, housing of all kinds from apartment rentals to sales has felt the pressure.

If you’re someone experiencing relocation to Colorado, or soon will, you’re probably aware of the anxiety of a major move. Some of the issues are:

  • Buying a house in a tight market of low inventory and increasing prices, where the neighborhoods are unfamiliar.
  • Determining which school districts are the right fit.
  • Rental housing, whether for the short- or long-term in a competitive rental market.

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution, because people’s personal issues are as varied as, well, people. Housing Helpers mitigates the stress of relocation by having the resources to accommodate a personalized solution–a full listing of homes for sale, apartments and rental homes, and corporate housing.

For some people, corporate housing offers a transition between overnight lodging and apartments. We have corporate housing all along the Front Range that offers the comforts of a home for just about any sized family. If an apartment makes more sense, our corporate apartments are significantly larger than hotel rooms at a fraction of the cost. Whether a house or apartment, all our corporate rentals are fully furnished and stocked with housewares and linens.

Housing Helpers is a source for a huge number or rental apartments, condos, townhomes, and single-family detached homes. If you prefer to rent, our selection boasts a wide appeal, and if your ultimate plans include buying a home, a good quality rental solves your immediate needs while you house hunt at your convenience.

As a full service brokerage and members of the multiple listing service, we have access to every home listed for sale. One of our services is neighborhood touring, allowing clients to determine which areas and schools are a good fit.

If relocation is in your immediate future, we are a one-stop shop that can solve both your immediate and long-term housing needs. Contact us for a relocation needs assessment and we can help you make a smooth transition.

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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!

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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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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