5 Fun Colorado Decorating Ideas

Time to change up your décor? Since you live in Colorado, paying homage to the state in your decorating isn’t a bad idea. You don’t have to go totally mountain rustic, but use your imagination in how to weave in bits and pieces of the beauty and history of the state.

If you want to change up room colors, use the beautiful mountains for ideas

5 Fun Colorado Decorating IdeasBeautiful blue skies, slate grey of the high mountains, cool browns of the rich earth and evergreen trees make for amazing inspiration. Just paint alone can give you a great Colorado feel. Calm blue walls, with touches of deep green and brown will give you a mountain feel. The greys and even burgundy streaks of slate can make a room special. Use your imagination and take your cue from your surroundings.

Want more Colorado touches?

Add touches of wood. Beautiful hardwood floors, exposed ceiling beams or wood mantle will make the home feel more rustic. If you have a fireplace that is brick, cover it with slate or stone. You can go as rustic as you want from just a bit here and there to total cabin feel.

Don’t forget the history of Colorado in your décor!

The railroad was huge. Native American tribes and cowboys make the list. Search at estate sales, antique shops or thrift stores to find that perfect piece to tie in Colorado history in your home.

Do some research in your local library to see if there is something special or specific to your town and see how you can make that part of your decorating plan.

Is It Time To Sell Your “Upside Down” Rental Property

You had the perfect home, then the bubble burst. All of a sudden your perfect home was an upside down home that had Is It Time To Sell Your "Upside Down" Rental Propertyyou so far underwater you were drowning, and unable to sell. So you moved out and rented it out in order to pay the mortgage. Now the market is rebounding and your upside down home is finally righting itself. So is it time to sell?

The answer is easy, but complicated

The easy answer is yes, if the value of your home now exceeds the mortgage balance. The complicated answer is with tenants there you may not want to or be able to sell right away. Not right away because you probably have a lease in place that requires notice. Notice requirements won’t stop listing the home, but will add time to when you can sell. That aside, your tenants saved your butt when values tanked and made it possible to keep your property instead of losing it and your credit rating to foreclosure. Just throwing them out would be rude.

So what can you do?

If you’ve decided to sell you can sell with the tenant in place. For a buyer looking for an investment property, that’s a huge plus. They don’t have to find a tenant. No down time, income immediately. If you don’t want to sell it as an investment property then you’ll need to move your tenant out. You’ll need to work with your tenant to help them find another place to live. This is especially true if your tenant was a good one. Work with your Realtor to help them out.

Remember that this sale isn’t all about you

Another person or family is affected as well. If you alienate them they can make your sale particularly difficult, long and expensive. So, be kind to your tenants. Help them and you can finally be out from under your upside down home.

Want more info? Give Denver Realty and Rentals a call today! 303-452-5853

Can You Rent a Home You Have Lived In?

Can You Rent a Home You Have Lived In? Sometimes the idea of not selling your home and moving is a possibility. How? By renting your home and paying that mortgage while you move to a new home. Sounds great on paper, but can you rent a home in which you have lived?Sometimes the idea of not selling your home and moving is a possibility. How? By renting your home and paying that mortgage while you move to a new home. Sounds great on paper, but can you rent a home in which you have lived?

We’re not talking legally. Legally you probably can (although a quick call to the county or municipality about what you may need to do is in order), but can you rent it to someone else and be ok emotionally?

First ask yourself an important question: can you detach yourself from the home?

Can you remove your emotional attachment to a place that has been home for years? It’s harder than you think. Every room has memories attached.

If you raised your children in that home every wall has precious memories infused into them. Can you stand the thought of owning it and having other people living there, changing things and making it theirs?

One thing you shouldn’t do to make it easier to rent it is “awful-ize” it

Don’t redecorate to make it look worse to make you feel better. Don’t remove things from the home, such as expensive upgrades you made to it, and put in less expensive ones.

Yes, a tenant might damage your property, but that’s the chance you take. Keep it in great condition. You wouldn’t do that to sell it, so don’t do it to rent it either.

Access to the property

Once you sign that lease you no longer have unlimited access rights to the property. That lease provides for your tenants a right to “quiet use and enjoyment” of the property.

That means that you can’t drop by whenever you want. It means that they can do what they would like, within reason and lease restrictions, with the property. It’s not your home any longer, so just walking in when you want is not allowed.

The Perfect Colors To Use In Your Colorado Decorating

Decorating your home is always a personal decision. Your own mood and style play a huge role in what you choose. However different areas of the country have different stylistic choices as well.

Colorado is no different. With the expansive mountains setting a gorgeous backdrop for many homes here taking a cue from nature is always a good idea.

Colorado rustic decor

A lot of the décor in Colorado is more rustic in theme. If your home has those kinds of touches: wood ceiling beams, The Perfect Colors To Use In Your Colorado Decoratinglarge stone fireplaces, wood flooring and cabinetry throughout; painting a darker color will make the room feel closed in and smaller.

Cozy is one thing, smothered is another. Try using white, pale greys or pale beiges for wall and ceiling colors. It will make the space feel larger and brighter.

If you have stone touches, like a fireplace, take the cue from that to find your tone. If the stones are more grey/slate, go white or pale grey; if more red/orange toned think ivory or beige.

When deciding on colors, think about the outdoors

The light blue of the sky, white of the clouds, deep evergreen of the mountains. Choosing blues and greens give a calmer feeling in a room. You could also think of the warmer hues of the sunshine, the warm tones of the wood and stone. These give the room and your home a friendly, inviting feeling.

Keep these tips in mind as well

Dark or bright colors aren’t taboo. Use them for pops of color with pillows or furnishings. Accent walls are another great way to pull darker or brighter colors into a room. Don’t do that if the room is already small or has a low ceiling or you’ll make it feel closed in.

State of the Denver Residential Home Market – March 2017

If you’ve ever wondered if weather affects the real estate market, this late winter is proof positive. The spring selling season has gotten off to an early start due to unseasonably warm weather. Pair that with low inventory and high demand and you’ve got a great spring seller’s market in Colorado. It makes a difference in the tactics of the listing Realtor.

Activity declines during the winter

State of the Denver Residential Home Market - March 2017Usually the amount of activity for listings in the residential home market in the area declines during the winter. For instance, February saw a total of 3,878 units and the number of sales decreased by 12.21% compared to the previous month. The difference this rather warm February was that even though listings were lower, condo inventory was up 19.25% with single-family inventory down 7.6%. This caused extreme competition and frustrated buyers.

Median home details

So in the single family home market, the median home looks like this: detached single-family home has 1,742 square feet, four bedrooms, three bathrooms, spent 11 days on the market and was built in 1983. The median attached single-family home/condo was 1,151 square feet, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms, spent six days on the market and was built in 1984. These median homes sold for an amount that remained relatively unchanged at $447,838 while the median price rose 3.68 percent to $394,000.

This February

This February there was a surge of new listings with a monthly increase of almost 20%. Of course that increase was overshadowed by an even bigger increase in contracts. We’re talking to the tune of homes under contract increasing 17.82% from last month, and 4.79% from February of last year.

So what does this say? It says don’t be afraid to list. It’s needed and your home will sell.

source: Denver Metro Real Estate Market Trends Report – March 2017

Rental Property Owners – Get Over Perfect

When you live in a home, your own home, you can have it as Rental Property Owners - Get Over Perfectperfect as you want it. From the décor to furnishings to landscaping to cleanliness, your home is yours. When your home becomes an income property and you have tenants, you need to get over perfect.

Do you have control?

When you have a rental property there are some things you can control. You can screen your prospective tenants. You can set certain types of rules. You can’t control the day to day lives and choices of your tenants. Here’s what we mean by that.

Parameters tenants must follow

Your tenants will have certain parameters they must follow. You can decide that you won’t allow pets in your property. Tenants must follow that rule. If you live in a community with a homeowner’s association your tenants must follow their rules about use of the property, what they can and can’t keep on it and so forth. You can limit the number of people who live there. These are big issues that you do have some control over.

What you can’t dictate to your tenants is what they do in your home

What is meant by this is you can’t dictate the amount or type of furniture used. You can’t dictate how they decorate. You can’t even dictate whether they paint, only that they have to repaint it back to how you left it. You can’t tell them how and when they can entertain. You can’t tell them how often they must clean and what shape they have to keep the property.

In short, unless they are destroying your property, hoarding or doing something illegal, how they decide to live is up to them. Your idea of perfect and their idea of perfect may be totally different and you cannot dictate these kinds of things as long as they are paying rent.

So get over perfect and allow your tenants quiet use and enjoyment of what is now their home.

Rental Property Management Brighton CO

Brighton, Colorado is a suburb with a small-town feel. You know Rental Property Management  Brighton COhow wonderful it is to live there since you own a property there. Now that you are moving away, you want to rent that property. You know that it will be difficult for you to manage the property since you won’t be living there. You need a great property management company. There are many to choose from, but your best choice is Denver Realty & Rentals. They provide the best service for real estate investors and their properties.

24/7 365

DR&R provides property owners every service they could need for the property and its tenants 24/7 365 days a year. No matter when issues arise, days nights or holidays. DR&R has plumbers, electricians and handymen ready to help whenever your tenants need them. Not only to keep your tenant happy but to keep your property in tip top shape.

Worried about what would happen if your tenant gives notice?

Or worse, stops paying rent and needs to be evicted? Well DR&R will handle the collection of rents, any necessary eviction proceedings. They’ll also get the property cleaned, repaired, shown to prospects and re-rented as quickly as possible. Keeping it rented isn’t the only way you can make money. DR&R will also improve it to increase your equity. They also inspect annually and between tenants.

Wide range of services

DR&R provides you with a wide range of services to make your property shine and stay rented. They provide cleaning and repairing between rentals, advertising the property between tenants with professional photos, background check prospective tenants and show the property, protect your identity if that’s your wish, help the tenants by providing quiet use and enjoyment of the property, make sure all fair housing laws (Federal and State) are followed, collecting rents and evicting tenants when necessary.

Don’t try to do it all yourself!

Hire the best property management company with the most expertise to handle your rentals. For more information visit http://denverrealtyandrentals. com/property-management/   
For more information about the Brighton, Colorado area visit these sites:
http://www.brightonco.gov/
http://www.colorado.com/cities-and-towns/brighton

Is Your Rental Property A Business

You have a rental property. Whether it was a home you lived in or just an investment property, if someone asked you if it was a Is Your Rental Property A Businessbusiness, what would you say? How you answer depends on a lot of things.

One thing to take into consideration is how emotionally involved in the “business”are you? If you have emotions tied to the property or business relationship it may keep you from making practical decisions.

Here is an example:

A young couple moves out of state and decides to rent their first home to one of the couple’s siblings. The couple needs the rent money from the sibling to pay the mortgage so they can save the money they make now for their next home. This sibling is also responsible for the utilities. The couple keeps the utilities in their name just to be sure they are being paid. The sibling consistently shorts the rent and refuses to pay the utility bills. Instead of being able to rationally decide that evicting the sibling is the answer, the couple instead puts up with it until it causes issues between them. Business? Probably not!

Next, how do you account for the monies collected?

Is the security deposit in a separate interest bearing account? Are the costs and income also kept separate from household accounts? How the IRS determines if something is a business or not is by seriously looking at commingling of monies. Successful businesses, even family run ones, don’t put business assets into house accounts.

If you seriously want to treat your rental property as a business you need to change your thinking.

If you need help in what to do, contact a property management company like Denver Realty and Rentals. We can help and take the day to day responsibilities and money collection, etc., out of your hands. We can help you treat it like a business! 303-452-5853

Owner Behaviour Sets The Tone For Your Property Management Business

Have you ever heard that old saying that the customer is always right? Well, if you’re a property manager or run a property management business, owner behavior will certainly set the tenor of the relationship. It may even decide whether a property owner client stays a client! Not sure what I mean?

Here’s an example

Owner Behaviour Sets The Tone For Your Property Management BusinessYou are managing a property that is a single family home. The family is a typical one: mom, dad, 2 kids. Your property owner insisted on a pet free home, so their lease specifies no pets.

The family has given you, the property manager, no indication that they have a pet. You inspect the property regularly and don’t find any. Unfortunately your client has it in his head that the family has a cat, dog and other various pets in the home and won’t take your word for it that they don’t.

Their lease also says they, the tenants, are entitled to quiet use and enjoyment of the property and advance notice for inspections. Now guess who keeps showing up unannounced to “inspect” the property? Yes, the owner, their landlord.

A ripple effect

Whether there is a problem or not, the landlord can’t just drop in unannounced. Neither can you, the property manager. You know that. You’ve tried to explain it to your client. What the client’s behavior will cause is a ripple effect.

First, if he has you try and evict the tenant, they will have a claim against both you and the landlord for violating the lease as well. Down the line it could damage your business. You, as the property manager, will suffer. In the eyes of the tenant you are the landlord. You are an agent for the landlord and his bad behavior will reflect on you.

Do some initial screening

The answer? Screen your property owners. Set ground rules for what they may do if you are managing their properties. If they don’t like them, don’t take the client on. If they can’t abide them after you take over management, fire them. Don’t let your business suffer because of a bad client.

It’s Harder For First Time Homebuyers If Using FHA or VA Financing

First time home buyers are often among those who use the services of FHA or VA to purchase their home. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) provides low interest mortgage assistance to homebuyers. The Veterans Administration
provides low interest mortgage assistance to military veterans. Unfortunately, these finance options can rule out many homes that these buyers can afford to purchase.

Can be harder to purchase

It’s Harder For First Time Homebuyers If Using FHA or VA FinancingIt can be much harder to purchase your home if you use FHA or VA financing. Each program has certain conditions and requirements that can make getting an affordable home difficult.

For instance, in many states condos are not VA/FHA approved and only fee simple townhomes with a homeowners association or single family homes are. That means a higher cost from the start. Let’s look at each.

FHA home loans

FHA home loans have rather low limits as to what may be borrowed. That means that if the home you are looking at is more expensive, you need to come up with either more down payment money or find another way to finance it. This can be difficult if you don’t’ have much saved or have credit problems.

This leads to another issue: credit. You have to have some credit established to qualify for an FHA loan. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but there has to be some credit history. Another issue can be your monthly payment budget. Many first time home buyers don’t realize that their monthly mortgage payment will include things like homeowners insurance and real estate taxes. An FHA mortgage also includes a monthly fee for private mortgage insurance. You will be responsible to pay an upfront fee at closing, plus 0.45% to 1.55% annually depending on the terms of your loan.

VA loans

VA loans also require an upfront fee which can vary from 0.5% to 2.8% of the loan amount, depending on factors like your service background, down payment or whether it’s your first VA loan or not. VA loans also require private mortgage insurance if you are putting less than 20% down. Quite honestly, if you have 20% or more to put down a conventional mortgage may just be a better deal.

The VA places a cap on the amount of closing costs you may pay as a buyer. This means that any closing costs over that cap will most likely be rolled into the price of the home. How is this a problem? Well, it raises your monthly payment, and if the appraisal comes in below the sales price, you’ll have to come up with the difference between appraised value and sale price to complete the sale. VA loans take longer to close due to requirements for paperwork and inspection approvals.