Bill Allen, Broker Associate
Who I am: I am a real estate agent for RE/MAX of Boulder, the largest and most experienced firm in Boulder. I have been working in Boulder for over 25years. My passion is to find a beautiful home for my clients so they can enjoy all that Boulder has to offer What I do: I work with people who are looking to buy or sell a home. I am a facilitator for the process of buying and selling a home and I look out for the best interests of my client. Why do I need an agent: A lot of people are skeptical about hiring an agent because of the cost, but agent are here to make sure that you are treated fairly by the other party and to make sure that all the proper inspections and issues with the house are disclosed and help relieve you of the stress of buying a home. Working with an agent allows you to take the uncertainty and guess work out of buying/selling a home. I am an experienced professional and I am here to work for you to make sure that you buy a house that is in good condition and is what you want. My motto: "I want to find the best house I can for my clients because if/when that client is ever ready to sell the house that I helped them buy, I already know it is a great house and I would be happy to help them find a new buyer"
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A German architect, by the name of Werner Sobek, wants to make emissions-free electric cities within the five years. To accomplish this, Sobek has created a model he calls the B10. This home construction is the first to meet triple zero standards; requiring zero energy, producing zero CO2 emissions, and levels zero waste when dismantled.
This has tremendous opportunity for our energy demanding society and can start to help limit the reliance on non renewable energies.
What do you think? Feel free to check out the short article and reply. I am curious about your thoughts. Would you want to live in this proposed community and house style?
Our friends at Mortgage Master are hosting a Home buyers Workshop on Thursday, November 12th from 6:30-7:30 pm at Impact HUB Boulder, 1877 Broadway #100 in wonderful Boulder CO. This is an opportunity to learn about marketing conditions, renting v owning, tax deductions, and several other real estate and mortgage related topics!
If you are interested, RSVP to Kacie Riordan at 720-496-4311 x 102 or by emailing maortgagemaster.com.
In addition, they are having a Fall Fiesta the day before, on Wednesday Nov 11th. Between 5-9pm, come enjoy an open bar, free food, and music at TACO on 1175 Walnut St. A donation of non perishable food items is suggested but not mandatory.
RSVP at with Kacie, if interested, at 720-496-4311 x 102 or by emailing maortgagemaster.com.
Come join Remax of Boulder’s Annual Holiday Trunk show! This local event is for our Preferred Clients and Friends on December 2nd at 2425 Canyon Blvd from 4-7pm. Enjoy complimentary assortments of wines and cheeses while supporting small local businesses. All that is asked is that you donate an unwrapped gift for the Share-A-Gift drive.
We have had great success and turnouts in the past and hope to keep the tradition going! Hope to see you then!
When readying a vacant home for winter weather, there are several things you can do to prepare before freezing temperatures and other winter risks arrive. These include:
Bring in a plumber.
Hiring a professional plumber to winterize the pipes and water system in the home is extremely important if you want to avoid the incredibly expensive water damage that can occur from freezing pipes. The plumber can examine the entire system, inside and out, and then prepare it for freezing temperatures. The plumber will drain all areas where water is stored, like water heaters and hot tubs, and will use an air compressor to expel water from the pipes throughout the house. With the water removed, you do not have to keep the house heated to prevent freezing. The pipes are protected and you save money in utility costs.
Drain outdoor garden hoses.
Water hoses must be disconnected from the home and drained of water to prevent damage to both the hoses and the spigots where they attach to the house. Left undrained, the water inside will freeze and burst not only the hose, but often the spigot as well. If winter watering must be done to keep landscape plants alive, make sure the person who does the watering drains the hoses and disconnects them from the house after each use.
Close up all openings to the house.
To prevent animals and insects from entering the home for shelter, you will need to close up all openings throughout the house. These include dryer vents and the chimney.
Have the gutters cleaned and repaired if necessary.
Gutters must be free of debris and attached properly to the house to funnel water away from the roof, siding and foundation. When debris accumulates, the gutter may stop working properly. If enough water collects and a freeze hits, the weight of the ice can pull the gutter away from the home, damaging the siding and leading to potential ice hazards where water collects at the base of the house. If you live in a cold weather climate then you understand just how bad ice damning was last year. Knowing how to prevent ice dams is something every homeowner should have a grasp of. Ice dams can cause serious damage to a home including mold behind ceilings and walls that you may not be able to detect! Have the gutters cleaned periodically until all leaves have dropped from the trees, and make sure they are in good repair.
Remove anything touching the side of the house, such as leaves and firewood.
Water and insects can accumulate in firewood and debris, causing damage to the siding and leading to potential infestations. Keeping everything away from the house creates a safe barrier and prevents water damage. This includes shrubbery and other landscaping. Keep a minimum of a couple of feet to allow the home to breath.
Have trees trimmed over the home.
Remove any tree branches that may touch the house or hang too closely. Tree branches increase the leaves that accumulate in the gutter and can also break and fall on the house in a snow or ice storm. If you are negligent about keeping branches over your home it could lead to insurance denying your claim.
Use moth balls to keep insects out of the house.
Moth balls may smell unpleasant, but they are effective at keeping insects away. Use them anywhere you think insects may be a problem.
Talk to the gas company about disconnecting the gas supply.
A gas explosion can cause even more damage than frozen pipes. Let the gas company know the home is vacant and ask them to disconnect the gas supply to the home. Obviously if you are not living in the home this becomes important because if a gas leak were to form it would be too late for you to do anything about it. This is one of the major reasons why nearly all bank owned properties get winterized.
Make the home appear occupied at a glance.
It is better for potential buyers and discouraging to unwanted visitors if the home appears occupied. You can setup lights on timers and have the landscaping tended to periodically to keep things looking nice. If snow is an issue you can also have the driveway cleared. We provide a list of many tips on how to sell a home in the winter. This advice applies to both occupied and non-occupied homes. Keep in mind that if your home is on the market you are going to need to get it un-winterized with fairly short notice when the buyer schedules a home inspection. Buyers will want to be able to check the heating and plumbing systems and will not be able to do so if the home is winterized.
Hire a landscaper to perform a fall cleanup.
As the weather gets colder, plants will die and you will be left with a disheveled looking yard and landscape. It is beneficial for the sales process if you have someone come in and cleanup around the home after the first freeze or two, when most of the vegetation has died off. The landscaper can cut back any dead growth, rake up leaves and prepare plants for the winter.
Check on the home periodically.
An unoccupied home, even when the lights come on and the driveway is plowed, can be appealing to burglars and to squatters. It can also be a destination for kids in the neighborhood to come hang out for fun. The only people you want visiting are potential buyers, so you should maintain a schedule of visiting the home periodically to make sure it is being left alone and to discourage unwanted visitors.
Use of all these tips and your experience with winterizing a home should be a breeze!
Millennials (offspring of the baby boomers, born between 1981-1997) are renting for longer amounts of time (average 6 yrs) before buying their first home. This transition is due to the increase of student debts, unstable job market, and shortness of cash. This positively correlates to delays in marriage, children, and stable career occupations. Incomes have remained stagnant as down payments have increased, making it difficult to qualify for mortgages. This leads to a 14% of buyers under the age of 34 to rely of financial assistance from family and friends, according to a recent Federal Reserve survey.
Today, this generation prefers to stay in contact through text, sms, email, ect. This adaptation to real estate marketing can be the gateway to increased sales as realtors connect with this younger generation.
Out of curiosity, I went to the Tiny House Jamboree in CO Springs. The sheer number of people (over 10,000) entranced over the 20 “tiny” homes on display caught me by surprise. I posted some pictures to show exactly what a “tiny” house looks like earlier last week. This concept has been on my mind since the jamboree and has sparked the need to dig a little deeper into this revolutionary movement.
According to Time Magazine, the next big thing in real estate isn’t so big at all. It’s small. In fact, to be considered a small house, it must be between 400 and 1000 sq ft. Any less than 400 sq ft. is considered a tiny house.
There are several reasons why people are moving into smaller homes other than for financial reasons. For starters, life to them is more about living the life they want rather than through the accumulation of material possessions. To them, less is more. They value saving money on taxes, utilities, and repairs and focusing more on experiences. In laymen terms, people are moving into smaller homes to have a bigger life.
This lifestyle emphasizes efficiency, implementing multi-functional features to maximize space and utility. These homes could even be built on wheels to allow the freedom to move around the country at your leisure. However, according to Money News, there are 8 important steps to consider before jumping into your new home:
Below is a link to a young couple’s giant journey as they built their own tiny home:
I feel bad for professional photographers who have to stand by and watch as we amateurs get access to apps that provide a whole assortment of photo editing tools that, until recently, were only found in darkrooms. Suddenly, everyone is a photographer with the ability to take fantastic pictures, in many cases using nothing more than the phones in their pockets.
The rise and ease of digital photography has added to the list of things that today’s sellers think they can do just as well as we real estate professionals. And by the looks of some of the property photos online, they might be right. The days of point and click are over. If you really want to stand out from the crowd in today’s image-driven online world, you’re going to need to up your photography game.
Here are four steps to taking more interesting photos.
Step 1: A Smartphone Camera is All You’ll Need
Today’s smartphone cameras take a high-quality digital photo that will lay the foundation for a great image. Digital film is free, so take lots of shots and choose the best ones later. Use interesting angles and be sure to take close ups and panoramic shots. Be creative. Once you have a full inventory of images, you can move on to step two.
Step 2: Find a Great Photo Editing App
One of my favorites is Snapseed. Just open the app, select an image and let the technology do its magic. You’ll have access to a wide variety of filters to make the image really pop. If that perfect photo is a little dark, don’t worry. You can change the brightness, contrast, saturation and more. Within a couple of minutes, you’ll have taken a “six-out-of-10” photo to at least a nine, maybe even a 10.
Step 3: Combine Images and Text
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. With the Over app, you can add a few words by overlapping text onto your images. Add the property address, price, your name or whatever other branding components you think make sense. The result is a more interesting image.
Step 4: Combine Multiple Images
Do you have too many great photos to choose from? With the Diptic app, you can combine multiple photos into one image. With numerous layouts to choose from, you can surround the exterior photo with the master bedroom, dining room, kitchen and backyard. All together, this makes a pretty spectacular impression of not only your listing, but your skills.
Showcasing your listings, your market area and your brand through photography has never been easier. It takes just a couple of minutes to transform an ordinary photo into an amazing one. So, take out your smartphone, download these apps and start having fun with photography! Your sellers, your buyers and your personal brand will thank you.Bill Allen, Re/Max of Boulder email@example.com, 303-441-5690
Larimer County residents who suffered losses from September flooding will be able to get help from a group of more than 50 nonprofit agencies, government organizations, faith-based groups and citizens.
The Long-Term Recovery Group will set up flood victims with case managers who will assess situations, identify resources and refer residents to possible sources of aid, including funding available from the Long-Term Recovery Fund.
Case managers are available in Loveland beginning Tuesday. An appointment is needed to meet with a case manager, and residents can begin to make appointments on Tuesday by calling 970-461-2222.
The organization’s Loveland office will be located at House of Neighborly Service’s Community Life Center, 1511 E. 11th St. The office will be open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
A second office will open in Estes Park in the coming weeks. The phone number and location will be announced at a later date.
A limited amount of funds have been raised so far for survivors who have not been compensated from insurance or other sources. Eligible uses of the funds include the following: repair or replacement of primary homes or personal property, loss of livelihood, temporary housing needs, health issues and other needs.
The organization will consider in its decisions to distribute funding factors such as flood victims’ finances and whether they have a documented disability or health problem. Other factors include whether a flood victim is a single parent or elderly or has an immediate need for safe housing.
Donations to the organization can be made to the United Way of Larimer County. For more information, visit www.UnitedWayofLarimerCounty.org or call 970-407-7000.Bill Allen, Re/Max of Boulder firstname.lastname@example.org, 303-441-5690
When asked about his decision to play for the Denver Broncos,
It was the right decision when I made it,
and now I’m making it the right decision.
Teamwork trumps personal agendas.
Being effective is more important than being right.
Curiosity replaces frustration.
Change is embraced versus feared.
Focus is on Success versus failure.
Conflict is healthy.
Trust is the norm.
– Barbara Stoker
Homeowners across the country should not be forced to pay for the sudden and dramatic flood insurance premium increases that are the unintended consequence of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, insisted the National Association of REALTORS® in testimony before the U.S. House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance.
“We need a ‘time out’ from the implementation of the law,” says former NAR President Moe Veissi, broker-owner of Veissi & Associates, Inc. in Miami. “No one could have imagined rate increases of this magnitude. During the debate over Biggert-Waters, the prevailing wisdom was that actuarial rates would range from hundreds to thousands of dollars, not tens of thousands of dollars or the 1,000 percent rate increase shocks that we are learning about now.”
As the leading advocate for private property rights and housing issues, NAR strongly supports maintaining access to affordable flood insurance. NAR was a vocal advocate for the Biggert-Waters legislation to extend the program for 5 years and end the uncertainty of shutdowns that were stalling 40,000 home sales each month. However, due to the unprecedented scope of premium increases and other unintended consequences, NAR recommends that Congress seize the opportunity to pass the “Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act.”
This bicameral, bipartisan legislation introduced by Reps. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., and Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and by Sens. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., would delay further implementation of major rate changes until the Federal Emergency Management Agency completes an affordability study required by Biggert-Waters; creates an office of the Advocate to investigate flood insurance rate increases; and reports to Congress with proposed solutions to any identified problems.
In the interim, NAR calls on FEMA to convene a national summit with key stakeholders to develop a longer term affordability solution. Realtors® believe the agency already has ample authority under current law to begin the discussion and should not wait for Congress to enact legislation.
“NAR stands ready to work with Congress and the administration to help homeowners transition to new rates and bring clarity to housing markets subject to Biggert-Waters reforms,” said Veissi.Bill Allen, Re/Max of Boulder email@example.com, 303-441-5690