Front Range Area Real Estate News & Market Trends

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

Sept. 14, 2019

September Newsletter 2019

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5 Real Estate Reality TV Myths Explained

Have you ever been flipping through the channels, only to find yourself glued to the couch in an HGTV binge session? We’ve all been there, watching entire seasons of shows like “Property Brothers,” “Fixer Upper,” and “Love It or List It,” all in one sitting.

When you’re in the middle of your real estate-themed TV show marathon, you might start to think everything you see on the screen must be how it works in real life. However, you may need a reality check.

3 Important Tips for Selecting Bathroom Flooring

Choosing the right flooring materials for your bathroom can be an easy way to give the space a complete makeover. Click through for tips on choosing a classy, up-to-date look that can help improve your home's value and visual appeal.

Is This Your Situation: Do You Have a Good Scenario for Selling Your Home?

Have you ever wondered if there is some secret to selling you home? Are there tried-and-true methods to getting a home on the market and selling it quickly and painlessly? Click through for the best times to sell a home. 

Learn About Your Local Neighborhood -- Or One You're Considering

Get all the details with Neighborhood360, an essential online program that provides a wide range of demographics for any address and any neighborhood that you want. Click through if you want to know all about your own neighborhood, or one you're thinking of moving into.

Here's How to Clean Your Most Beloved Furniture Pieces

Oh, no! Is that red wine on your sofa? Don't worry, there are some guaranteed methods to get out those pesky stains. Click through to learn how to clean your most beloved furniture pieces.

3 Creative Ways to Hide Power Outlets in Your Home

While outlets are a necessity for any modern family, they are not one of the most attractive parts of your home. Click through for 3 easy ways to help your outlets blend in with the rest of your home rather than standing out from the background.

Local Entertainment And Events Calendar

You'll always know where the fun's going on with our interactive local events calendar featuring social sharing, images, videos and ticket links. Click through to see what's happening or to add your own local events.

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Sept. 14, 2019

August Newsletter 2019

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The Top Ten Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Agent

With so much information readily available online, clients sometimes ask, "Why should we hire a real estate agent?" Here are 10 reasons why you might want to consider hiring a professional real estate agent.

Featured Listings

Whether you are looking for a two-story in Broomfield, a condo in Thornton, a ranch in Erie, or any of the outlying Front Range suburbs, the brokers at Due South Realty can help you find your next property. Check out this week's featured listings to get a taste of the market and contact us today to see more!

Is This Your Situation: Worried About Overpaying on Your Next Home?

We don't like to spend more than we have to, so why overpay on a new home? Use these six strategies to help you pay for what your new home is actually worth. Click through to learn how to avoid spending money when you don't have to.

Give Yourself a Spa-style Bathroom

Your bathroom can be an amazing retreat in the center of your own home, and there's no need to spend hundreds of dollars to be pampered when you can just stay home. Click through to see ideas for designing your own spa bathroom.

Ideas for Displaying Your Favorite Art

Whether you have a large piece that you want to display or a collection of your favorite art, picking a place is crucial for the look and feel of your living space. Click through to learn some tips for displaying your favorite art.

Get the Inside Scoop on Any Home, Any Neighborhood

With this program, a full report for any neighborhood is at your fingertips -- a full demographic profile that helps you get a wide-range picture of any village or town. In all, 150 million records are available! Click through to get the complete story for your own address and neighborhood, or one you're interested in.

Local Entertainment And Events Calendar

You'll always know where the fun's going on with our interactive local events calendar featuring social sharing, images, videos and ticket links. Click through to see what's happening or to add your own local events.

Posted in Market Updates
Aug. 29, 2019

The Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Agent

The Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Agent

BY ELIZABETH WEINTRAUB 

 

Updated November 28, 2018

With so much information readily available online, clients sometimes ask, "Why should we hire a real estate agent?" They wonder (and rightfully so) if they couldn't buy or sell a home through the Internet or regular marketing and advertising channels without representation, without a real estate agent. Some do fine on their ​own, but many don't. Here are 10 reasons why you might want to consider hiring a professional real estate agent.

01

 Education and Experience

You don't need to know everything about buying and selling real estate if you hire a real estate professional who does. Henry Ford once said that when you hire people who are smarter than you are, it proves you are smarter than they are. The trick is to find the right person. For the most part, they all cost roughly the same, so why not hire a person with more education and experience than you? We're all looking for more precious time in our lives, and hiring pros gives us that time.

02

 Buffering Help

Agents take the spam out of your property showings and visits. If you're a buyer of new homes, your agent will whip out her sword and keep the builder's agents at bay, preventing them from biting or nipping at your heels. If you're a seller, your agent will filter all those phone calls that lead to nowhere from lookie-loos and try to induce serious buyers to write an offer immediately.

03

 Neighborhood Knowledge

Agents either possess intimate knowledge or they know where to find the industry buzz about your neighborhood. They can identify comparable sales and hand these facts to you, in addition to pointing you in the direction where you can find more data on schools, crime or demographics. For example, you may know that a home down the street was on the market for $350,000, but an agent will know it had upgrades and sold at $285,000 after 65 days on the market and after twice falling out of escrow.

04

 Price Guidance

Contrary to what some people believe, agents do not select prices for sellers or buyers. However, an agent will help to guide clients to make the right choices for themselves. If a listing is at 7%, for example, an agent has a 7% vested interest in the sale, but the client has a 93% interest. Selling agents will ask buyers to weigh all the data supplied to them and to choose a price. Then based on market supply, demand and the conditions, the agent will devise a negotiation strategy.

05

 Market Conditions Information

Real estate agents can disclose market conditions, which will govern your selling or buying process. Many factors determine how you will proceed. Data such as the average per square foot cost of similar homes, median and average sales prices, average days on market and ratios of list-to-sold prices, among other criteria, will have a huge bearing on what you ultimately decide to do.

06

 Professional Networking

Real estate agents network with other professionals, many of whom provide services that you will need to buy or sell. Due to legal liability, many agents will hesitate to recommend a certain individual or company over another, but they do know which vendors have a reputation for efficiency, competency, and competitive pricing. Agents can, however, give you a list of references with whom they have worked and provide background information to help you make a wise selection.

07

 Negotiation Skills and Confidentiality

Top producing agents negotiate well because, unlike most buyers and sellers, they can remove themselves from the emotional aspects of the transaction and because they are skilled. It's part of their job description. Good agents are not messengers, delivering buyer's offers to sellers and vice versa. They are professionals who are trained to present their client's case in the best light and agree to hold client information confidential from competing interests.

08

 Handling Volumes of Paperwork

One-page deposit receipts were prevalent in the early 1970s. Today's purchase agreements run ten pages or more. That does not include the federal- and state-mandated disclosures nor disclosures dictated by local custom. Most real estate files average thicknesses from one to three inches of paper. One tiny mistake or omission could land you in court or cost you thousands. In some states, lawyers handle the disclosures—thank goodness!

09

 Answer Questions After Closing

Even the smoothest transactions that close without complications can come back to haunt. For example, taxing authorities that collect property tax assessments, doc stamps or transfer tax can fall months behind and mix up invoices, but one call to your agent can straighten out the confusion. Many questions can pop up that were overlooked in the excitement of closing. Good agents stand by ready to assist. Worthy and honest agents don't leave you in the dust to fend for yourself.

10

 Develop Relationships for Future Business

The basis for an agent's success and continued career in real estate is referrals. Few agents would survive if their livelihood was dependent on consistently drumming up new business. This emphasis gives agents strong incentives to make certain clients are happy and satisfied. It also means that an agent who stays in the business will be there for you when you need to hire an agent again. Many will periodically mail market updates to you to keep you informed and to stay in touch.

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July 15, 2019

July Newsletter 2019

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5 Smart Home Upgrades Worth the Money

Do you think adding smart technology to your house would be worth the money? It may give you the house of the future, today! Click through for more details on what kinds of upgrades are available.

With New Online Program, Property Valuation Ranges Are Just the Beginning

Maybe you want to know about that property you're thinking of buying. Or you just want to know the valuation range for your own property. Click through to access an online program that will give you value ranges, and more, for any property you're interested in.

Is This Your Situation: Looking for Ways to Secure a Good Mortgage

Buying a home can be one of the largest investments you make throughout your life, so it's important to choose a mortgage carefully. Click through for the basics in picking a mortgage.

Our Super Online Program: The Full Story on Any Address, Any Neighborhood

Get all the details with Neighborhood360, a smart new program that provides the key demographics for any neighborhood. Click through if you want to know all about your own neighborhood, or one you're thinking of moving into.

Keep Your Home Safe for Pets

Is your home safe for your furry, feathered or scaled friends? Creating a protected environment can be trickier than you think! Click through to see the best ways to make your home perfectly safe for your favorite animal companion.

What Color Should You Paint Your Front Door?

Is your front door making the right statement about your home? Does it express your personality and complement your home's style? Click through to learn about color options for your front door and their hidden meanings.

Local Entertainment And Events Calendar

You’ll always know where the fun’s going on with our interactive local events calendar featuring social sharing, images, videos and ticket links. Click through to see what's happening or to add your own local events.

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June 21, 2019

June Newsletter 2019

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Meeting Our Employing Broker: Noel DeVries

Every month we'll be introducing our agents. This is an opportunity to hear more of their motivation to serve you and look into the heart behind the activity!  Feel free to reach out to any one of these agents and I'm sure they'll buy you a cup of coffee!!

Able to Make an Impact

One of the newest lines in the Due South store is Able, a denim, jewelry, leather goods, and other clothing basics company based out of Nashville, TN. The denim jackets and stunning jewelry are reason enough to obsess over this brand, but their business model and philosophy are what we love and respect most about this stylish company.  

Planting an Edible Garden

Did you know that digging in the dirt and planting a garden can be meditative and can help raise property values for homeowners? Click through to see why interest in edible gardens is on the rise and how you can be part of the trend.

What's Over Your Head?

Choosing a roof may not be the most glamorous homeowner's purchase, but it has a big effect on the beauty and durability of your home — and on your wallet. Click through to learn more about your options before making a roofing choice.

Empty Nest? 5 Changes Your Home Needs Now That It’s Kid-Free

Kids off to college? Married or living in their own homes? You and your home deserve a little TLC now that your child-rearing days are over. Click through for five changes your home needs now that you’re an empty nester.

Local Entertainment And Events Calendar

You’ll always know where the fun’s going on with our interactive local events calendar featuring social sharing, images, videos and ticket links. Click through to see what's happening or to add your own local events.

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June 21, 2019

May Newsletter 2019

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Servin' Up Some Good Ol' Southern Charm

We would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to everyone who came to our "Grand Opening" celebration! It was a beautiful evening of food, friends, music and fun. 

Meeting Our Managing Broker: Andy Carter

Every month we'll be introducing two of our agents. This is an opportunity to hear more of their motivation to serve you and look into the heart behind the activity!  Feel free to reach out to any one of these agents and I'm sure they'll buy you a cup of coffee!!

Meeting Our Agents: Teri Meyer

Every month we'll be introducing two of our agents. This is an opportunity to hear more of their motivation to serve you and look into the heart behind the activity!  Feel free to reach out to any one of these agents and I'm sure they'll buy you a cup of coffee!!

10 Ways to Save on Utility Bills During the Summer Months

Summer means baseball and swimming and ice cream! But unfortunately, it also can mean high energy bills, thanks to air conditioning and having the kids at home. Click through to learn how to lower your utility bills and save money this summer.

Is This Your Situation: You're Worried About Cyber Fraud

If you're in the middle of buying or selling a home, you no doubt have a lot of online conversations with real estate agents and mortgage banks. Click through to learn how to keep these exchanges secure.

How to Keep Indoor Plants Alive

Do you want to keep happy and healthy indoor plants all year round? Even if your thumb isn't the brightest shade of green, these tips will help ensure that your plants thrive. Click through to learn how to keep indoor plants alive.

Get the Inside Scoop on Any Home, Any Neighborhood

With this program, a full report for any neighborhood is at your fingertips -- a full demographic profile that helps you get a wide-range picture of any village or town. In all, 150 million records are available! Click through to get the complete story for your own address and neighborhood, or one you're interested in.

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May 18, 2019

April Newsletter 2019

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Are You Ready for a New Home? A Guide for Move-Up Buyers

You may be asking yourself: Am I in the right place to move into a nicer home? The answer relies on a few different factors. Click through to find out if you're in a position to move up.

Get the Inside Scoop on Any Home, Any Neighborhood

With this program, a full report for any neighborhood is at your fingertips -- a full demographic profile that helps you get a wide-range picture of any village or town. In all, 150 million records are available! Click through to get the complete story for your own address and neighborhood, or one you're interested in.

Is This Your Situation: You Want to Save for a House?

Make the conscious effort to start saving for a down payment and you'll be surprised at how focused you become in achieving your goal.  Click through to learn how to get started.

Man Caves and She Shacks: Your Personal Retreat

Regardless of how much you love your partner, there are times in your week when you need some time alone. Click through to find out more about creating a solo retreat in your own home.

Quick Homeowner Survey

The U.S. Energy Department suggests, "Unless your home was specially constructed for energy efficiency, you can probably reduce your energy bills by adding more insulation." Click through to take this 10-second survey and let us know your thoughts.

Discover Which Architectural Style Fits Your Personality

Have you considered lots of different home styles but are unsure which option is best for you? We've broken down the characteristics of various architectural styles. Click through to learn which style fits your personality.

Get Property Valuation Ranges -- and More -- Instantly!

Do you want to know about how much your property is worth? Or the value range of a property you're thinking of buying? Click through for an online program that will give you the results for any address instantly -- and a lot more!

Local Entertainment And Events Calendar

You’ll always know where the fun’s going on with our interactive local events calendar featuring social sharing, images, videos and ticket links. Click through to see what's happening or to add your own local events.

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May 18, 2019

March Newsletter 2019

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Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Workshops

As a proud Stockist of the renowned Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®, we are able to provide our customers with the wide array of color options available through this incredibly versatile line. With beautiful color schemes to choose from, the options are endless. This all-purpose product is conducive for virtually any DIY project you have in mind – furniture, walls and ceilings, cupboards, floors, glass, ceramics, tiles, and even fabrics!

Meeting our Agents: Adrienne Miller

Every month we'll be introducing two of our agents. This is an opportunity to hear more of their motivation to serve you and look into the heart behind the activity!  Feel free to reach out to any one of these agents and I'm sure they'll buy you a cup of coffee!!

Meeting our Agents: Noelle Putthoff

Every month we'll be introducing two of our agents. This is an opportunity to hear more of their motivation to serve you and look into the heart behind the activity!  Feel free to reach out to any one of these agents and I'm sure they'll buy you a cup of coffee!!

Our Super Online Program: The Full Story on Any Address, Any Neighborhood

Get all the details with Neighborhood360, a smart new program that provides the key demographics for any neighborhood. Click through if you want to know all about your own neighborhood, or one you're thinking of moving into.

Is This Your Situation: Buying Your First House?

Owning your own home has been part of the American Dream for years. Click through for some advice on how to make that dream come true.

Quick Homeowner Survey

Residential landscaping can range from pavers and water features to cutting the lawn every other week. Do you use a landscaper at your home? Click through to take this 10-second survey.

Discover Which Type of Interior Design Fits Your Personality

You want your home to reflect you and the things you like. But how do you narrow that down into a particular style? Click through to discover which type of interior design fits your personality. 

With New Online Program, Property Valuation Ranges Are Just the Beginning

Maybe you want to know about that property you're thinking of buying. Or you just want to know the valuation range for your own property. Click through to access an online program that will give you value ranges, and more, for any property you're interested in.

Local Entertainment And Events Calendar

You’ll always know where the fun’s going on with our interactive local events calendar featuring social sharing, images, videos and ticket links. Click through to see what's happening or to add your own local events.

Due South Realty
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(720) 638-4196
servingyou@duesouthrealty.biz
Due South Realty
802 South Public Rd
Lafayette CO 80026
 
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Feb. 12, 2019

February Newsletter 2019

 
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Newsletter Different

We are glad to introduce you to our monthly newsletter. Don't worry, it will be different! Because we're more than just real estate, we're a lifestyle store, furniture store... coffee shop! So, connect with us monthly by our newsletter and hopefully frequently in person!

Story of Due South (the store)

A love for antiquing and “junk collecting,” founder of Due South, Noel DeVries, transformed a beloved hobby into a vintage-home-décor, clothing, and DIY enthusiast destination.Learn why this store adds to the uniqueness of Due South Realty. 

Property Estimates Plus a Lot of Extras with Online Program

Have you stopped and wondered about how much you could get for your property? Or maybe you want a range for a vacation home you're thinking of buying? Click through for a program that gives you value ranges for any property, plus a whole lot more.

Is a Mother-in-Law Suite Right for You?

If the possibility of having to care for your elderly parents is in your future, one option is a mother-in-law suite. It can make sense for a lot of reasons. Click through for some insights into this popular solution.

Is This Your Situation: Concerned About High Closing Costs

There are some easy steps that you can take as a homebuyer to reduce your closing costs, whether it's your first house or your fourth. Click through to make the process easier on yourself and your checkbook.

Learn About Your Local Neighborhood -- Or One You're Considering

Get all the details with Neighborhood360, an essential online program that provides a wide range of demographics for any address and any neighborhood that you want. Click through if you want to know all about your own neighborhood, or one you're thinking of moving into.

6 Home Design Concepts That Stand the Test of Time

You want to add items to your home that you won’t have to replace once the trend has died out. Since redecorating is such a hassle and expensive, you should add pieces to your home that you know will stand the test of time. Click through for six home design concepts that are here for the long haul.

Quick Homeowner Survey

 What's on the top of your renovation wish list? Do you have a dream project (or actual project) on your home's to-do list? Click through to take this 10-second survey and let us know what you'd like to tackle first in your home.

How to Prep Your Home for Vacation

Vacation can be stressful if you have to worry about whether you locked the door and turned off the stove. Prepare your home to fully enjoy your time away, and save some money while you’re at it. Click through for a checklist to ready your home for vacation.

Local Entertainment And Events Calendar

You’ll always know where the fun’s going on with our interactive local events calendar featuring social sharing, images, videos and ticket links. Click through to see what's happening or to add your own local events.

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Feb. 8, 2019

Take 5 To Get Wise

Colorado residents owning a home for 20 years or more are being targeted for the equity in their property. An offer may include a cash transaction, a quick sale, no inspection, and the freedom to leave your problems behind.

Take 5 to Get Wise and learn how to protect your nest egg from quick cash offers.

 

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