College Apartments Boulder

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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Marijuana and Colorado Real Estate Market

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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Apartments For Rent

Three Questions To Ask Before Getting Your First Apartment

Renting your first apartment is a big deal. It is exciting to finally move out on your own, away from your parents. However, it is also a big responsibility. You have to make sure that you are ready to live on your own.

Here are some things to think about when you are starting to look at apartments.

How much can you afford? Not only do you have to worry about the monthly rental fee, you have to think about electricity, water, sewer, and more. Sometimes that is included but it does not have to be. Then, you have to think about groceries, your car, and other expenses. Can you afford to move out?

Do you have a steady job? Have you had the same job for several months? Do you plan on staying there? Are you really happy working there?

Do you like where you live? Many rentals require you to sign a lease for at least a year. Are you content to live in the same area for the next year or even more?

Renting your first apartment can be exciting and scary at the same time. However, you need to be sure that you can afford one. Don’t overspend on an apartment because you forgot about all of your other expenses.

You have to remember that you may have to pay for electricity, water, and other things. Those expenses are not always included in your rent. Also, don’t forget about your car payments, groceries, and other expenses.

Then, make sure that you are happy with the apartment because you will probably have to sign a yearly lease.

Rentals buy time in seller’s market

Sometimes it makes sense to purchase a home rather than rent. When you own a home, you get a sizable tax break and you have a good chance of your property gaining value and offering you a return on your investment over time.

However, right now in Colorado, it may be a good time to consider rentals. Housing prices in Colorado have skyrocketed in the last six months. This is great news for homeowners who were trying to wait out the downturn of the early 2000s. Property values are now as high as they have been in a decade.

Unfortunately this may not be welcome news for people looking to enter the housing market in Colorado for the first time. When home values raise this quickly, it takes time to know if the demand for housing will continue at this rate, stabilizing or even raising housing prices, or if prices will settle back down by winter, when home prices tend to decrease a little naturally.

Rental prices follow the housing market, so they are high now as well, but it might be prudent to spend a year in a rental as you watch the housing market to see if these higher prices are here to stay, or if there will be bargains to be found in the next six to twelve months.

Living in a rental gives you the time you need to analyze the housing market and purchase at the perfect time

Only time will tell whether the high prices now are a small bubble of inflated prices that will burst, or a new trend that will continue to rise. Colorado will always be a great place to own property, but timing is everything when you enter a housing market with this much demand. Living in a rental gives you the time you need to analyze the housing market and purchase at the perfect time


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Family Member Hospitalized Away from Home? Consider Corporate Housing

In the fast paced world of specialized medical care it is within the realm of possibility for a family to have to seek or find themselves being treated for a medical condition far from home.  There is nothing more stressful than having to deal with the traumatic illness or injury of a family member, especially one that takes you away from home because of the care needed at a specialized hospital, trauma center or rehabilitation center.  Spending weeks away from home is stressful enough without also living out of a suitcase in some impersonal hotel room.

In a situation like this there is another alternative for short-term residency;  you might want to consider Corporate Housing as an option.  Corporate apartments or suites are fully furnished, including kitchen ware, and offer all the comforts of home in a city away from home.  Corporate units are well maintained and provide more privacy and space than a hotel room.

If you are one of those people who prefers a more homey atmosphere, and more privacy when you are away from home, corporate housing in this situation will meet your needs.  Corporate housing also offers you a respite from the hectic pace of the hospital.  Your safety, security and peace of mind are available and your insurance company will reimburse the cost of the stay; check your policy.

Before you consider spending weeks living in a hotel room while your family member is in the hospital or rehabilitation, look into corporate housing as an alternative.  Alleviating the stress on yourself during your family member’s stay away from home will assist in their recovery.


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Colorado Real Estate Market

Buying A Home In Colorado’s Red-Hot Real Estate Market

Are you considering buying a home in Colorado? If so, you’ll want to act fast. Colorado has one of the hottest housing markets in the country. A growing job market, coupled with other factors, such as low numbers of new homes being built, have made the state’s real estate market go red-hot.

For instance, in Denver, home prices are up 11 percent since last year, according to data from Live Urban. Meanwhile, the number of homes available, however, has dropped 15 percent. What does that mean for a prospective buyer? Good credit and available funds may not be enough to get you into the home you want.

Here are a few things to expect:

Rising Prices

Prices are climbing quickly throughout the state, and this isn’t expected to slow down any time soon. What that means for buyers is that waiting can prove costly.

Fast Sales

Are you debating on a home you recently viewed? Don’t wait too long, or the house may no longer be available. Some houses are selling after just days on the market.

Bidding Wars

With Colorado’s current market conditions, demand for houses is very high, but the number of available houses is very low. This translates into heavy competition for sellers. If you’re looking for a home, that means you’ll need to be prepared to face bidding wars.


With a red-hot market, you’ll want to get pre-approved for a mortgage before you even view a home. You may have to make an offer on the spot, and if so, you’ll want to be sure that you are ready and able to complete the purchase. Otherwise, there’s a good chance that a home will sell to another buyer while you’re going through the approval process.

When beginning your search for homes in Colorado you will want to be prepared for this market.  In addition to these tips, the real estate agents here at Housing Helpers are tapped into this fast paced market on a daily basis.  Utilize our experience and expertise to help guide you through this challenging real estate market.


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