Three Reasons to Rent Your Home Instead of Sell It

When it comes time to move, there are many options. You can sell your home with the help of a Realtor.  You can try to sell your home by yourself.  Or join the many people that have decided to rent their homes instead of selling it outright.

Here are three reasons that you may want to rent out your home instead of sell it.

  • You owe more on your home than it is worth.  Many people bought their house when the real estate market was high and they are going to lose a lot of money if they decide to sell now. It makes sense for them to try to rent it out for a few years to try to wait out the market and see if they will be able to make a profit on their home.


  • You are being relocated but are hoping to return. Many people hate to leave their dream homes when they are being relocated for job.  Instead of selling, they choose to rent their home,  holding on to their home in hopes that eventually they will be able to come back home.


  • Some people like to rent out their home so that they can still use it as a vacation home. This works well if you live in a college neighborhood where your home will only need to be used for part of the year. It may also work in tourist areas if you don’t mind vacationing in the off season.

There are just some of the many benefits to renting your home out. You may owe more than it is worth and you don’t want to lose money. Maybe you are relocating and hope to come back to your dream home someday. Maybe you just want to keep it as a vacation home!


If you are interested in learning more about renting your home, curious as to what your home might rent for, please give Housing Helpers a call at 303-545-6000 we are here to help you!


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5 Ways Property Management Gets You More Bang for Your Buck

The decision to hire a property management company is not one that many home owners take lightly. After all, putting someone else in the middle means that you get a smaller slice of the pie.

Or does it it?

Let’s look at some ways in which using a property management company actually helps get as much money into your pocket as possible – which, let’s face it, is exactly where it belongs.

Time is Money – Especially Your Time

When you sit down to think about what managing a property entails, lay out a salary for yourself. Think about what you’ll be doing, and what your renters will be expecting of you. If you were ever a renter, try and go back to that time – what did you expect of your landlords? Match those expectations to yourself, and try to put a dollar number to it. Do you have the hours every month, or week, to match that salary? Do you have the ability to afford paying yourself that, while still breaking even on this?

With a property management company working for you, there’s no math to figure in trying to decide if your time is going to be made worth while… because you’ve already made the decision that your time is more valuable than anything else.

DIY Can be Costlier Than You Think

Even assuming that you’re a tried-and-true handyman who owns all your own tools and knows their way around a circular saw, doing your own repairs gets expensive… fast. Even something as simple as a leaky faucet can potentially lead to any number of great home renovation problems. Not to mention to the repairs that are fairly cut and dry – there’s still all the components of evaluating the problem, driving to the hardware store, purchasing the parts, returning to the property (all within a time frame that works for both you and your tenant), hopefully fixing the problem on the first go, and leaving all without having any second problems arise, or hearing, “Well while you’re hear…” from your renter.

A Property Manager Won’t Get Sick of the Business

People become landlords for a variety of reasons. They buy a second home, but have trouble selling the first and so it becomes a rental. Or perhaps they get curious about what a second income might look like, so they buy another home and rent it out. How long do you think it will be before you’re throwing your hands up and screaming, running stark mad into the woods? Managing properties is not for everyone – but you can be guaranteed that a Property Management company is vested in having this be something they will work hard at every day.

While you may wake up one morning and not want to deal with your tenants, that will never happen with a Property Manager. You may start eyeballing your renter’s agreements, scheming ways that you could evict them early because you want out – again, not something a property management company would ever do. The honeymoon may eventually end for you – but for a property manager, this relationship is about the long haul.

The Math (Likely) Doesn’t Add Up

Let’s look at some easy numbers. Consider the idea that by managing your own property, you save an estimated $200 a month. Let’s further assume that you spend around 10 hours every month (or two per week) handling those properties – everything from running around town to check on houses, calling up handymen (or doing it yourself), stops by the bank or notary. Every bit of the business. What you’ve found yourself with is a job that pays you $20 an hour.

Instead, you could pass on that “saved” $200 a month, and focus instead on the part of property management that actually makes money – acquiring more properties, planning renovations to boost the rent, devising income plans. In the long run, letting a Property Manager do the “busy work” for you means that you get to do all the fun stuff yourself.

One Legal Bout Can Ruin All Your Fun

It’s easy to have an, “Oh, but it’ll probably never happen to me,” opinion about having to drag a tenant to court. You can just cross your fingers and hope that you only ever have great renters, or that even if you do have a few “difficult” ones, they’re never bad enough to need the court involved. The truth is, even within the world of small claims court, fees rack up to staggering heights. The most well-researched landlord is likely not as knowledgeable about tenant rights and property law as someone who works in the field, meaning you can trust yourself to be in the hands of someone who is working to keep you – and your renters – out of court.

If you own rental property in Colorado and would like to discuss options for property management and tenant placement services please give Housing Helpers a call at 303.545.6000.

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Five things home buyers should never do

Buying a home is stressful, and there are many things that could easily go wrong. Before you begin your house hunting, make sure to know the dos and don’ts of buying a home.

Here are five things home buyers should never do.

1) Increase Your Budget

Once you begin house hunting, you will come across some “dream homes” that send your budget soaring! Before you set off on your hunt, make sure to sit down and find a budget that works for you.

Keep in mind that additional costs and fees may be factored in during the buying process, so save room for fluctuation.

2) Settle For Less

It’s important to know what you and your family want in a new home. Make a list of features that are most important to you, and prioritize them ahead of time. This will help you understand which homes you can weave out, and which ones might be a good match.  If you find yourself really debating a purchasing decision, then don’t settle for less than what you aimed for, there are plenty of homes to choose from.

You don’t want to settle for a home that doesn’t fit well with your lifestyle.

3) Find The Cheapest Inspector

The inspection is a vital part of the home buying process.  If you don’t invest in someone who will take the job seriously, or who might not have the best experience, then you might find yourself stuck with a home that has a lot of problems that your inspector failed to find in the first place.

Finding the right inspector who will check every nook and cranny of your soon-to-be home could save you money in the long run.

4) One Realtor

Not all realtors are perfect. If you are having a difficult time with your realtor, whether they don’t work with your schedule, aren’t finding ideal homes, etc., then don’t be afraid to move on to someone new. Remember, this is a home that you will be living in for quite some time, you don’t want to miss out on opportunities because your realtor was not a good match.

A good realtor should make you feel that your searches were worth it, and if you find yourself clashing with them, then it’s ok to get help elsewhere

5) Make Large Purchases

During your home buying process, your credit score will be viewed. Make sure to hold off on making large purchases, such as a car, boat, or flat screen TV, until your new home is a done deal and you have the keys in your hand.

Your credit score can fluctuate depending on what you buy, and you don’t want to ruin it right before you close on the perfect home!

If you need more help with buying a home in Colorado, please feel free to contact Housing Helpers Colorado real estate agents.


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Colorado Property Management Fall Maintenance Tips

Fall Tips From a Colorado Property Manager

Fall in Colorado is beautiful, sunny clear days and cool nights.  But Colorado weather can sneak up on us.  As the saying goes “if you don’t like the weather in Colorado just wait five minutes!”  Over the years as a property manager I’ve developed a routine for maintaining my properties.  Here are a few tips to share from my October schedule of Colorado property management maintenance.

Service HVAC units

With winter fast approaching, fall is a great time to have a professional HVAC service done on your heating systems.   Service should include at minimum: changing the furnace filters, cleaning and testing the furnace, changing out humidifier pads ( in a central humidifier system) and changing the settings from “summer” to “winter”.   We also like to stock extra air-filter nearby in a utility closet at the property so that filters can be easily changed throughout the winter season.

Winterize The Sprinkler System

It’s still eighty degrees on the thermometer and the sun is shining bright but don’t let that fool you.   Snow will be falling soon and so will the temperatures.    I remember more than a few Halloweens’ where the kiddos were trick-or-treating in the snow and freezing temps.  Now is a good time to have your irrigation system winterized including: blowing out the lines with an air compressor, draining the back-flow device, shutting off the main water line to the sprinkler system- draining any excess water from  the line, and I like to cover the back flow device outside. You can do this with a couple of hefty garbage bags and some duct tape or purchase a cover at Home Depot.

Aerate and Fertilize The Lawn

Yep. Often overlooked, fall fertilizer and aeration service can make the difference in having a lush green lawn come spring time.   Lawns go dormant in Colorado in the winter time.  However they aren’t dead!  They still need nutrients to survive the long harsh winter weather.  Aerating gives the fertilizer a path down to the deep roots- the part of the turf that will feed the lawn nutrients all winter long as the surface stays dormant.

Schedule Snow Removal Service

If you have a property in Colorado chances are you will have to deal with snow removal.  Be aware of your local City ordinances for snow removal and know the rules.  For example in Boulder Colorado where we are located, the City requires that you remove snow and ice from public walkways in front of your property within 24 hours of the snow fall.   If you have a snow removal contractor, now is the time to get that new contract signed and agree upon the terms for service.  Most contractors will initiate service after 2 inches of snowfall and follow up again after subsequent 2 to 4 inches of snowfall.

TIP!  October is the time to stock up on ice melt and snow removal supplies- your local hardware store or Home Depot tend to run out of supplies as folks rush to the store when the first snow fall hits.

Cover Patio Furniture and BBQ Grills

Whether you invest in custom fit covers or use my method (tarps with bungee cords) , covering your outdoor assets will add years to their life.   Keep the snow and ice off and help prevent rusting, fading, and weather damage.   Patio cushions and fabric umbrellas should be stored away in a protected area.  Believe it or not, the Colorado winter sun does more damage to patio furniture than anything else so if you can keep the sun off you will be ahead of the game.

We enjoy Colorado in the fall, it’s my favorite time of year.  But as a property manager I feel a lot better knowing that my properties are ready for winter.   If you need help renting your property please give us a call and we’ll go to work to help make your days worry free.  303-545-6000


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4 Ways to Furnish Your College Apartment on a Budget

If you’re a CU student renting an apartment in Boulder you’ve probably spent most of your money on your deposit, first months’ rent, and school expenses. This can leave you wondering how in the heck you are going to furnish your new college apartment, but luckily, there are ways to make it look nice, even if you don’t have a lot of coin.

1. Buy Dorm Room Stuff

Don’t ditch the dorm room stuff just yet. If you shop during back to school season, you can find great deals on dorm room furniture, linens and more. The smaller stuff will also work better in small college apartments.

2. Beg Your Friends and Family

Now’s the time to swallow your pride and start begging. Let everyone that you know — from your parents to your childhood friends — that you need stuff for your apartment. You might not get the new swag that you thought you would get, but if your crazy aunt donates her floral couch then put a slip cover over  and it’ll be better than what you have right now.

3. Shop Used

You don’t have your parents’ bank account — or if you do, you’re really lucky!! — so you can’t shop at your parents’ favorite furniture stores. Instead, check out flea markets, thrift shops, used furniture stores, yard sales and other places that sell old furniture. Plus, check out Facebook to find out if there is an online yard sale site for areas near your school, or take a look at Craigslist. Sometimes, people are even willing to give stuff away.

4. Learn to Repurpose

Get creative, and learn to repurpose things that you already have for your changing needs. Check out Pinterest; there are a ton of great ideas there. For example, you can turn wooden crates into a cool coffee table for your new spot, or you can reinvent your old bookshelf to use as a modern desk.

Buying all new stuff for your new college apartment doesn’t have to be expensive. Follow these tips, and you can furnish your new college apartment without spending a fortune.

Housing Helpers has a huge furniture sale every August for CU looking to furnish their apartments in Boulder.   We sell truckloads of gently used furniture in our parking lot for one day, offering great deals like couches as low as $50.   Everything usually sells out by the afternoon so get there early.  Follow our Housing Helpers Facebook Page to find out when we will be having our next furniture sale in Boulder.

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3 Tips to Make Your Rental Feel Like Home

Although you might love the convenience of renting, one thing that you might not love about most rentals is the fact that they often don’t feel very homey. Most landlords use very neutral colors when painting, remodeling and decorating their rental units, which is obviously understandable. However, this isn’t all that appealing, but there are ways that you can make your new rental as comfortable and homey as possible without breaking your lease. These are a few things that you can try.

  1. Use Rugs

First of all, if you’re looking for a great way to spruce up cold and boring tiles or plain carpet, consider throwing down throw rugs. They’re great for adding an instant splash of color and making your rental feel more like home, and you can take them with you when you leave. Plus, your rugs can help cover up and protect the flooring beneath, which can help you ensure that you get your deposit back.

  1. Cover the Walls — the Right Way

If the walls in your rental are plain white or otherwise neutral and boring, you could be thinking about painting. However, many leases prohibit renters from painting. Others require that you go back and re-paint at the end of your tenancy, which can be expensive and annoying.

Instead, consider alternatives for paint so that you don’t have to worry about a lease violation or a hassle. Large mirrors, paintings and photographs are all great options. You can also get creative and hang fabric on your walls for a burst of color.

  1. Bring in Greenery

There is something about house plants that can really make a house feel like a home. Consider bringing in a few nice house plants, and place some potted plants on your patio or on your balcony. Then, along with perking up your home, you can also make up for not having a garden.

Whether renting your first apartment or moving up to a luxury modern apartment the center of downtown, our rental locating experts here at Housing Helpers are ready to assist you in finding the perfect rental home, apartment, condo, or house.  Give us a call today at 303-545-6000.


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What’s Behind the Colorado Real Estate Market Boom?

If you’ve looked at the Colorado real estate market lately, you know that home prices have been growing at a steady pace for many months now. If you thought of buying a home last year, and waited to see what the market would do, you may be regretting your decision now.

Every passing month brings higher appraisals, and you may find yourself waffling between buying a home now, so you can get in on some of the incredible appreciation Colorado homeowners are enjoying, or waiting it out to see if these high prices are just a bubble that is going to burst, leaving you on the hook for a higher mortgage than you can sell your home for. It’s times like these you may wish you had a crystal ball.

However, if you understand what’s behind the booming real estate market in Colorado, fortune-telling skills may not be necessary.  Some have speculated the increased demand for homes in the Colorado real estate market has more to do with more people being drawn to move to Colorado for alternative reasons we haven’t seen before.

There has been a correlation between the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and the increasing cost of homes. The state of Washington has seen a very similar housing boom lately. More people are moving into these two states to legally enjoy marijuana, and so there is more demand for housing than there are available houses.  As long as supply exceeds demand, housing costs will continue to rise.

According to the CNN Money article,  “How Legal Marijuana Biz is Boosting Denver’s Housing Market”

“In a normal market, Denver typically has around 24,000 listings, according to Moye. But right now, she said, there are only around 4,000. But there is a nagging question of just how long the real estate buzz will last. Moye said the market has room to run for five to seven years barring any major economic disasters.”

This means that even though we’re seeing high prices in homes today, the prices could easily continue to get higher. You can still buy real estate in Colorado today and possibly sell in four or five years and turn a profit.  But ultimately there is no guarantee on how long the Colorado real estate market boom will last – as long as people are drawn here it will provide a strong stable pool of buyers and renters.  There are many reasons that people are drawn to Colorado, legal marijuana is just one more reason the Colorado real estate market remains strong.

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Finding a Home on Your Time

Since we’ve been handling residential sales, rentals, and corporate housing in Boulder and near suburbs for nearly thirty years, we’ve developed a good deal of experience when it comes to solving the problems that come with relocation.

The issues people face include:

  • Not knowing markets and where to buy or rent
  • Pricing and availability
  • Local conditions, such as transportation, shopping, amenities suited to your lifestyle, schools, and the like
  • The stress of locating temporary living quarters until you find what you need

For example, what if you and/or your partner land a terrific job in Boulder but you find the house prices prohibitive?

Should you look in, say, Longmont?

Louisville looks okay, but is anything available?


Would Arvada or Westminster work, and when will those light rail stations be ready anyway?

You’re also looking at three different counties with three different school systems.

Every one of these towns has its advantages and disadvantages, as well as its own vibe, and people are rightfully wary of having to decide where to live before knowing all they need to know.

We can set you up with short term, medium, or long term rentals, even furnished ones, while you look around at your leisure. As active brokers, we’re members of the local multiple listing service and have access to every home listed for sale.

It’s no secret that the Boulder County area consistently tops the charts for vibrant housing markets and price appreciation. Some areas, though, are softer than others, and even specific market areas have pockets of availability. Moreover, each town has its own story and list of commercial and residential projects on the drawing board. Westminster, for example, is building an entire new downtown.

To be honest, relocation is difficult no matter what, and the best anyone can do it minimize the pressures. Housing Helpers’ diverse residential offerings help people manage their living situations on their time, at their pace, so they can truly discover understand the place they want to live.

Our relocation specialists are available to help you here in our Boulder office at (303)545-6000


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Relocating from out of state? Why You Need Help

Whether you are looking to buy or rent, you are probably thinking about finding your own home in the midst of your out-of-state relocation. However, even if you have always found your own homes in the past, this might not be the best choice if you are moving to Colorado from another state.

These are a few reasons why it’s best to use a relocation services company like Housing Helpers to help you find the perfect home.

You’re Unfamiliar With the Area

In your hometown, you probably know which neighborhoods are the safest and most convenient. Obviously, this won’t be the case if you are moving to Colorado for the first time. The Internet can help a little bit, but you’re more likely to find a home in a safe, convenient area with good schools and good transportation if you work with a professional relocation services company that knows the area well.

You Might Not Know How Much to Budget

Housing and rental prices vary significantly between different cities and states. The cost of living is higher in certain areas of Colorado than it might be in your hometown, so you might be unsure of how much to budget for in your search.  A relocation service can talk to you about your needs, help you create a budget, and can give you an idea of how much you can expect to pay.  An experienced relocation specialist can also identify any hidden costs or surprises that you may not have planned for.

It’s Challenging to House Hunt From Out of State

House hunting requires trips to meet with real estate agents, trips to fill out paperwork and more. In the midst of your relocation, it might not be feasible for you to head to Colorado on a constant basis to look for a home. With a professional home finding relocation service, however, you can get some assistance in finding the right house for you without having to be physically present for most of the search.  Often a relocation services firm will be able to “preview” listings for you to vet them and make sure they are satisfactory- not only being your eyes on the ground in Colorado but also helping you to avoid scams.

If you are in the middle of an out-of-state relocation, make things easy for yourself by working with a professional relocation services firm like Housing Helpers.   To get in touch with one of our friendly relocation specialists call 303.545.6000.


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One Simple Tip to Buy Colorado Real Estate in a Seller’s Market

You don’t have to spend much time in Boulder to realize that the Colorado real estate market is going a little crazy!  Houses are appreciating at unheard of rates, which is great news for homeowners, but it can be more than a little frustrating for anyone trying to buy a home.

Buyers are having to be pretty patient, putting in offers well above the asking price, and brushing off rejection when their offer isn’t accepted and the house they love is sold to someone else. Most homes in Colorado are selling quickly with homeowners receiving many competitive offers. So the vast majority of buyers will put offers in on several homes before they have an offer accepted.

If you want to increase your odds of having your offer accepted, there is one simple thing you can do. In addition to submitting the strongest offer you can submit, you can write a personal letter to the seller.

A personal letter should introduce yourself and your family. It should explain why you are buying a house now, and why you are specifically excited about this particular house.

Homeowners get attached to the homes they have live in, and they want to know that the new owner will love and appreciate their home as much as they have. It may seem silly, but often times the personal touch of a letter makes all the difference to a seller who can have their pick of buyers.

We would be happy to help you find your perfect home in Colorado, and we can share our expertise on putting together offers that are appealing to sellers in this hectic Colorado real estate market.

Call our Real Estate Agents at (303) 545-6000.


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