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The Secret to Networking

Bill Allen, Broker Associate October 29, 2015 : Bill's Blog

Many people believe networking is all about showing up and showing off at events. These people are not making the most of the opportunity, while possibly coming off arrogant and prude. The secret to networking, according to several networking gurus,  is to build and leverage mutually beneficial relationships.


Some important steps to take when beginning to network include doing preliminary research about who will be at the event and who you specifically want to talk with. During the event, it is more helpful to collect business cards than to give them out. When engaging in a conversation, forget the elevator pitch and find commonality. This will better help you connect with people, showing them how you can relate to one another and building trust. Another observation made at networking events is that everyone is trying to promote themselves. Stand out of the crowd by helping others. This good karma will not let you down. It is also a good idea to network with all kinds of people, not just your favorites. See how you can help them and the return will be worthwhile.

Of course, never talk negative about yourself. Keep the mood light and positive. These good vibes will stick with people and they will associate you with their positive experience, thus potentially gaining you more business!



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Emission Free, Electric Cities in 5 Yrs

Bill Allen, Broker Associate October 29, 2015 : Bill's Blog, Uncategorized

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?


Zero Energy City

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Home-buyers Workshop and Fiesta

Bill Allen, Broker Associate October 27, 2015 : Bill's Blog, Uncategorized

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


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


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RoB’s Annual Holiday Trunk Show

Bill Allen, Broker Associate October 27, 2015 : Bill's Blog, Uncategorized

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!



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Tips for Winterizing your Home – from Remax of Boulder

Bill Allen, Broker Associate October 22, 2015 : Bill's Blog, Uncategorized

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!

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millennials in Real Estate

Bill Allen, Broker Associate October 22, 2015 : Bill's Blog, Uncategorized

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.

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A New Meaning to “Down-Sizing”

Bill Allen, Broker Associate October 22, 2015 : Bill's Blog, Uncategorized

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: housetiny house

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