How to Decorate a Rental

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Abiding by rental rules is important, but so is style and making a house feel more like a home. Thus, we’ve put together a little list for you to help personalize your home, while still insuring you get your security deposit back by the end of it.

Storage – Let’s be honest, rentals often lack sufficient storage place, and since custom cabinetry isn’t usually an option for renters, investing in some added storage is key. Add some simple shelves, bookshelves, baskets, or under the bed storage.

Blinds – Vertical blinds may be the ultimate decorating sin. No one likes feeling as if they’re living in a motel room. We suggest you either take them down or hide them under curtains. Just don’t throw them out or you may not get your security deposit back!

Accessorize Pillows, throws, candles, books, light fixtures… the only way to get a truly genuine space. This is by far the easiest and a MUST.

Wall Art – Those pesky holes might keep you from hanging art or photos on your walls, but when it comes down to it, they’ll only take a few minutes to patch up when it comes time to move out. This doesn’t mean you have to hang an entire art gallery, but hanging one statement piece and placing the rest of the photos on a mantel or shelf should do the trick.

Rugs – Last but not least, rugs: the peanut butter to your rental jelly. If there are scratched hardwood floors or stained carpets, you can cover those up easily with a throw rug. Not only that, a rug is a great investment piece that will add your personal flavor to any space. And they absorb noise and make a room feel comfy.

Posted on February 8, 2018 at 9:00 am
Greg Rittner | Category: For Buyers, Housing Trends, Northern Colorado Real Estate | Tagged , , , , ,

3-Story Condo With Mountain Views

Featuring 2 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 Bathrooms And Lots Of Upgrades!

Don’t miss out on an opportunity to own this awesome 2 bed/ 2.5 bath, end unit town-home in Coal Creek Village. Less than 1.5 miles from Old Town Lafayette. On the main floor you will find: hardwood floors throughout, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and upgraded light fixtures. From the master bedroom you can’t miss the great views of the mountains. This home also features an energy efficient furnace and a tank-less water heater. This one won’t last; schedule your showing today!

For more information, please visit: http://mustacherealtor.com/listing/75153054 or call Greg Rittner at (970) 460-3033.

 

Posted on February 5, 2018 at 11:37 pm
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A Look Back

Looing Back

Here are some fun facts about 2017…

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In 2017:

  • $4.6 billion of residential real estate was sold in Larimer and Weld Counties. ($2.8 in Larimer and $1.8 in Weld). This volume is double what is was in 2012.
  • There were 7,091 residential sales in Larimer County and 5,442, in Weld County.
  • On average, it took 53 days to sell a home in Larimer County and 49 days in Weld County. In 2012 it took about 25 days longer to sell a home.
Posted on January 13, 2018 at 10:11 pm
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What it Means

The new tax bill is expected to be signed by the end of the year. Here is a summary of what it means for your real estate…

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The new tax bill:

  • Retains the current law for exclusion of capital gains on a principal residence. You still need to live in a home for 2 of the last 5 years to claim a capital gains exclusion. There was a risk that this would be changed to 5 of the last 8 years, but thankfully it did not.
  • Reduces the limit of deductible mortgage debt from $1 Million to $750,000.
  • Retains the ability to deduct mortgage debt on second homes.
  • Allows for an itemized deduction of up to $10,000 for property taxes. When the bill was first introduced, there was no allowance for a property tax deduction.
  • Retains the current 1031 like-kind exchange rules which is terrific news for investors.
Posted on January 12, 2018 at 9:00 am
Greg Rittner | Category: Colorado Real Estate, Economy, Northern Colorado Real Estate | Tagged , , ,

Great Ranch With Amazing Potential

Featuring 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms And A Wood-Burning Fireplace!

Attention first time homeowners and investors! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to own this 4 bed / 3 bath ranch home, close to I-25 and Hwy 34. Large corner lot with space for RV or boat storage and a nice shed in the backyard. On the main floor you will find: three good sized bedrooms, a wood-burning fireplace and a nice sun room. This home also features a full, finished basement with an additional bedroom, family room and a large workshop/craft area. No HOA! Schedule your showing today!

For more information, please visit: http://mustacherealtor.com/listing/71572511 or call Greg Rittner at (970) 460-3033.

 

 

 

Posted on November 9, 2017 at 10:05 pm
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Greeley’s Major Milestone

The Greeley market is about to hit a major milestone.

We project that in the first quarter of 2018, the average price for a single family home in Greeley will surpass $300,000.

Today the average price sits at $289,870.

Just a year ago it was $262,828.

Guess when Greeley broke the $200,000 barrier? It was only about 3 years ago in June 2014.

So what ‘s going on?

Double-digit price appreciation is being fueled by a healthy Northern Colorado economy, low interest rates and local affordability. Greeley prices can look really attractive compared to Fort Collins.

We don’t see anything on the horizon that will significantly change the trajectory of the Greeley market. It is a fundamentally a very strong place to own real estate.

For a detailed look at what ‘s happening across Colorado, request our quarterly market report called “The Gardner Report“, written by Windermere Real Estate’s Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner. You can download it HERE.

Posted on November 4, 2017 at 8:00 am
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Inventory Is Up

For the past few years the hot topic in Northern Colorado real estate is inventory, or more specifically, lack of inventory.

Based on our current research, it looks like this trend is reversing.

Let’s look at the increase in inventory in our major markets versus a year ago…

  • Fort Collins up 28%
  • Loveland up 4%
  • Windsor up 37%
  • Greeley up 5%

This increase in is very good news for prospective buyers as now there are more homes to choose from.

To see an update as to what is happening in the Northern Colorado market, contact me to receive our quarterly “Scoop” report.

Posted on October 29, 2017 at 8:00 am
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