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Thank you for visiting the Parker real estate blog where you can read about the latest real estate market trends and news with a focus on Parker, Colorado and the surrounding Denver Metro Area. It is here that you can get tips and tricks for buying and selling your home, as well as the benefits of buying a home in Parker including lifestyle and local events. 

Oct. 20, 2017

How To Find Good Denver Colorado Real Estate

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June 22, 2017

Parker, Colorado Is One of the Best Small Cities in America to Live In

Finding a great place to live isn’t as easy as it seems. There are thousands and thousands of cities, towns, and suburbs spread across the fifty states, but how many of them truly have everything the average family needs to find a happy, safe, and successful life?

Thankfully, there have been multiple studies done about the best cities and towns in which to live, and this helps to make the search a little bit easier. One thing most of those studies agree on is that Parker, CO is one of the best small towns in the entire U.S. What makes Parker such a great place to live? Let’s take a look.

Parker CO homes for sale

The Magic of Parker, CO

In many ways, Parker is the ideal modern small town. The town was founded in 1981, making it a fairly young town, but that hasn’t stopped it from developing at a quick pace. Despite having fewer than 50,000 people (as of 2013), Parker has a surprising number of features and amenities that are usually associated with larger towns.

These include a performing arts center with a 500-seat theater and outdoor amphitheater, a water park, and the Parker Plaza commercial area. There are also many movie theaters, restaurants, bars, museums, and other sites for entertainment and leisure located within 15 minutes of the city limits.

Another benefit of living in Parker is that it is perfectly situated in the Denver metro area. Parker is just a short 30 minutes away from Denver, meaning that getting to the city is easy and always convenient. Yet, the town is still far enough away to provide residents with comfortable suburban living, away from the sprawl, pollution, and chaos of large cities that many people wish to avoid.

For parents, Parker is an ideal place to raise a family. Nearly 90% of the local students attend the area’s public schools, which have an impressive array of above-average test scores. Reading test scores for Parker students are 22.2% above the national average, and math test scores are 30.7% above the national average. Even better, there are more than 30 universities, colleges, and professional schools within 30 miles of the town.

Parker Colorado

As can be expected from a town, Parker’s quality of life scores are particularly high. Crime rates are very low, with only one personal crime incident per 1,000 residents, and 11 property crime incidents per 1,000 residents. Most people commute less than 30 minutes to work, and the average median family income is over $100,000.

If you’re looking for a town that combines the best living environments with a robust cultural life and a convenient location near a major metro area, Parker is one of the best places to live in the entire United States. To learn more about Parker homes for sale, take advantage of our searchable database of all current Parker home listings. You’ll find the perfect home for you and your family in no time.

Source

  1. http://time.com/money/collection-post/2791422/12-parker-co/
June 8, 2017

5 Must-Do's Before Buying a Home

Buying your first home is a big step. It’s likely that you’ve heard many horror stories about the process. With Parker, Colorado real estate just waiting for you to snap it up, there’s no reason to fear the process. There are some simple ways to get through it all without a hitch. Make your home buying experience a happy memory rather than an anxiety-driven undertaking with these 5 must-do activities!

Check Out Your Credit Score

You’ll want to check this before you start the process. Your credit score factors into the interest rate of your loan and what loans will be available to you. Start by requesting a free credit report. You’ll want a credit score of at least 700. If you’re buying with a spouse or partner, this applies to both of you.

If your credit score is lower than 700, then you may want to consider improving it before attempting to purchase. Your credit score will impact your ability to get a loan, the amount you can borrow, and more. Some easy things you can do to potentially improve your credit score are:

  • Make sure your credit report is accurate
  • Pay bills on time
  • Pay down credit card balances

f your credit is in need of a serious overhaul, you might consider contacting a consultant.

 Parker, Colorado real estate

Know Your Budget

You’ve built yourself a wish list of features you’d like to have in a home, but what are you willing to spend? Start with figuring out what you’re able to spend each month. Keep in mind this can’t be too much of your monthly paycheck since emergency repairs can come up at any moment.

Now, figure out how much of a down payment you already have. Down payments generally range from 3-20% of the total loan price. This is something you’ll have to pay at closing, so you should make sure you have the money saved to cover it. Use a mortgage calculator to figure out a home price you can afford.

It’s better to know what a realistic price range is prior to seeing houses. This way, you won’t bid on a home that’s likely to stretch your finances too thin. There are plenty of homes for sale in Parker, CO so it’s best to start your search outright, rather than look at homes you simply cannot afford.

Find a Realtor You Trust

Finding a Realtor is easy, but finding one you trust can be much harder. Don’t settle on the first one that comes up on Google or Zillow. Do your research. What sort of education do they have? Do they have awards and recognition? Do they have reviews, and if so are they generally positive?

Once you’ve narrowed down the list, give them a job interview. Ask them how many houses they’ve sold lately. Most importantly, ask for references. They may be great at answering questions, but it’s beneficial for you to hear personal experiences. While they may be highly qualified, they may or may not be the best match for you.

Find a Lender and Get Preapproved

There are a variety of banks to acquire a mortgage from and several types of mortgages. It’s not like days past when you could only get a mortgage from a local lender. There are local banks, national banks, online banks, and credit unions. Together, the different style and size banks provide many mortgage options. There are FHA loans, VA loans (for veterans) as well as United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Rural Housing Service (RHS) loans.

Loans can be fixed rate or variable rate, and their lengths can differ, with 15- and 30-year loans being the most common. All of these choices probably have your head spinning. This is why you should spend some time researching mortgage types and lenders. Making an informed decision will allow you to find the best mortgage and lender for you.

Since you’ll be paying this loan for a long time, it’s essential that you feel completely comfortable with the details. Read up on a lender before you choose one. Pay close attention to the fine print.

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Find a Home Inspector

A home inspector’s job is to inform you of potential problems from a bad roof to a mold or termite problem. The findings may affect your decision to purchase the home, or give you the power to negotiate the price.

To get started finding a home inspector, you might ask your Realtor for some recommendations. Look up the inspector’s reviews. Are there negative reviews on the Better Business Bureau or other review sites? Weigh all comments carefully since this is an important part of your investment decision. Check to make sure the inspector you choose is licensed and insured.

While home inspections are not required in all states, it’s not a step you should skip. Before jumping into a long-term commitment like a home, you should always have the potential risks evaluated.

Prepare to Move

Moving day is getting close, and you’ll need to pack all your belongings. The more stuff you have, the more costly and time-consuming the move. Begin by assessing what you might be able to sell. Try to sell larger items on Craigslist, eBay, or one of the many popular selling sites. If you have a bunch of small items, consider a garage sale. Whatever way you do it, the extra money will benefit you in your new home since your paycheck is likely to be stretched for the first few months.

Can’t sell it but don’t want to take it? Donate items in good repair to a charity. Things that are not in good condition can be taken to the dump. When moving day comes, you’ll appreciate having gotten rid of excess personal items!

To learn more about homes in Parker or to find the home that’s right for you, call us at 720-998-1372!

May 23, 2017

Make Your Home “Greener” with These Tips

When you hear the term “going green,” expensive solar panel arrays and electric cars may come to mind, but you don’t have to bust your wallet to achieve greenness. All that’s needed is to make a few simple and gradual changes to your home in Parker CO.

Cover It Up

A lot of the warm and cool air used to maintain the temperature in your home goes out the window, literally. The more energy that’s required for heating and cooling a home, the more carbon-creating fuel is needed to provide it.

Leaks can be stopped with a few cost-effective solutions. One is to purchase window film. Incredibly easy to install, all that’s required is to attach it around the window trim, and then tighten the plastic with the heat from a hair dryer.

 Make Your Home Greener

You can also greatly reduce the amount of air lost through drafty windows by checking the caulking around them. If there are cracks, or caulking breaks off when touched, it’s time to replace it. However, it’s important to remember to remove the old caulking before adding new.

Look at Things in a Different Light

You may not think that eliminating incandescent bulbs will do much for your energy bill. However, according to Energy Star, CFL bulbs can use up to 75% less energy than their incandescent counterparts. Not only that, but they can be screwed into a regular light socket.

Use Less

Whether it’s water, detergent, or another product, using less is another easy way to go green. If you wish to reduce your water use, there are many ways to accomplish this, including purchasing a low-flow shower head or aerator. As well, with the warmer months coming, consider drying clothes outside on the line rather than using electricity from the dryer.

Speaking of washing clothes, by using cold water your furnace won’t have to use energy to warm water for washing. Here again, Energy Star has the numbers: By using cold water, you can save up to 90% of the energy that would be otherwise be needed to heat it up.

Recycle More

Recycling has been on the scene for so many years that it’s a habit for most homeowners. Now that you know how to recycle, it might be time to take a look at whether you can recycle a higher number of items in your home. Another way to increase your rate of recycling is to ensure you purchase recyclable materials, those made from recycled materials, or both.

Check Your Ingredients

The detergents, dish soap, and other products you use may contain ingredients that can harm waterways and other natural areas. However, visiting your local health food store or market may reveal several alternatives to the commercial norm.

Finding an Already-Green Home

There are many homes for sale in Parker, CO that have a number of green elements already in place. Whether you are looking to buy or sell a green home, call 720-998-1372 for more information.

May 9, 2017

Items Every New Homeowner Needs

Searching for and finding your ideal home in Parker CO is certainly something to celebrate. Not only have you finally said goodbye to renting and landlords, but you now have more room than ever before.

Yes, there are certainly many things to be happy about! However, there are many important items you will now need to make sure are handy so that your new home can be properly cared for.

New homeowner tips

Insurance

Homeowner’s insurance should be the first item on your list, as this will offer you protection in case disaster should strike. Of course, the last thing you might want to think about is your new home being broken into or your basement being flooded, but these and other issues are the realities of every homeowner and preparing for them now may save you thousands of dollars later.

Security

If homeowner’s insurance is first on your priority list, home security should be listed second. Check your home’s window and door locks to ensure that all are working as they should. You may decide to fortify your front and back doors by installing new deadbolt locks. Or, perhaps a home security system is in your budget. Whatever you decide, implementing some kind of strategy for home security will help you to sleep better at night.

Another branch of security is protecting yourself in the event of an accident in your home. This means having a fire extinguisher handy in the kitchen, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms installed through the house, and a wet/dry vac for flooding or spills.

A Home Warranty

You may have been offered a home warranty during the purchasing process. A home warranty can offer very valuable coverage, especially during your first year of home ownership when your expenses are high.

The home warranty is different from homeowner’s insurance, in that it covers part or all of the cost to repair or replace components like the furnace, air conditioning, and plumbing and electrical systems. A warranty can also cover repairs or replacement of a refrigerator or washer and dryer.

Lawn and Garden Tools

If your home purchase included lawn and garden tools, then you are way ahead of the game, at least for your first year. However, if you don’t have any of these items, or you do and they are not in the best condition, buying new or nearly so can ensure that your landscaping continues uninterrupted. Among some of the tools you’ll want to consider are a garden and snow shovel, trimmer, garden hose, mower, and wheelbarrow.

When you’re ready to start that big project or do some DIY repairs around the house, you’ll find a tape measure, hammer, ladder, and drill to be priceless additions to your toolbox, as well as a screwdriver, extension cord, bucket, and flashlight.

If you’re still in the process of searching for homes for sale in Stonegate, Parker CO, Search Parker Homes can help. First-time home buyers receive all the guidance and help they need with the experience of a real estate professional. Call 720-998-1372 to get started.

April 23, 2017

When Is the Best Time to Buy a Home?

The process of buying a home does not need to be a long and drawn-out or painful experience. While it helps to have a very good idea of what you’d like to see in your home choice, the real key to a low-stress experience is timing. Make shopping for homes for sale in Parker, CO easier than ever with these helpful tips.

The Best Time Financially

From a financial perspective, buying a home is a huge commitment. Having a stable, full-time job and a bit of savings is critical. Talk to a financial planner about what goals are best for your unique situation as you prepare to buy a home. For example, if you decide you are definitely going to save for a 20 percent down payment before you buy, stick with the plan.

Buy HomeYes, there are, of course, variables to consider. Property values will change, political events will impact the market, and interest rates will always go up and down. Having the money you planned on hand when you are ready to buy will ensure you are in the strongest financial position possible before you close on your new home. This is the one factor you can control.

The Best Time Seasonally

When considering the price of the homes on the market, there are certainly seasonal implications to consider but only if they work to your advantage. You can plan the time of year and benefit if you choose the right season. Real estate markets tend to heat up in the spring and summer, so, if you find a deal in colder months, you may be able to pay a bit less for your next home.

Summer Benefits

According to Realtor.com, 50 percent of homes are sold in the summer months. Home prices also tend to be higher in the spring and summer. If you have a family and are changing school districts but don’t have any other factors forcing a fast move, waiting until the summer months may be the least stressful option for your family.

Winter Benefits

right homeIf there is nothing holding you back, consider waiting until the fall and winter to look for a new home. You may have less selection when it comes to the number of homes on the market, but you do have one advantage—negotiation. People who leave their homes up on the market during the holidays or through the coldest, darkest winter months often have more urgent reasons for their move and are more likely to negotiate a more reasonable price just to get out of the house faster.

There are exceptions to this rule, as well. You won’t find great home prices during the winter months in locations considered prime tourist destinations (like ski towns). Smaller homes and condos more suited for singles or couples without children are often available all year, with little room for negotiation, simply because the buyers and sellers don’t have to work around school schedules.

So, when should you start shopping?

  • After, and only after, you’ve met your financial planning goals.
  • In the spring/summer if you have a school calendar or children to consider or if having more options is important to you.
  • In the fall/winter if you don’t mind limited choice but feel your budget is most important.

The right home for you is out there. You may just have to look a little harder, depending on the time of year that ends up being right for you. If you need help finding your next home, contact Search Parker Homes today.

Posted in Buying in Parker
April 9, 2017

10 Things No One Ever Tells You About Buying a New Home

Buying a new home is exhilarating, but juggling the many details accompanying the buying process can quickly become overwhelming. Take a deep breath and allow us to help you prepare for one of the most exciting experiences of your life. Whether you’re searching for a new home in Stonegate Colorado or somewhere else entirely, understanding the process matters.

Appliances BreakNew Home

Not everything that may go wrong will show up in a home inspection. The fridge, dishwasher, or washer/dryer may look fine one day and break down the next. Have some extra money set aside for major appliance replacements or repairs so they don’t take you completely by surprise.


Your Financial Records Are an Open Book

Your potential mortgage lender is going to look at every single detail of your financial history and background. This may feel awful, but it’s completely normal. Your lender will be able to determine if you are really financially ready and will ensure that you don’t bite off more than you can chew when it comes to purchasing a new home.


A Home Purchase is a Long-Term Investment

You have to see the long-term picture when it comes to buying a home. Are you going to start a family? Will the home be large enough and in the right school district? Will your elderly parents need to live with you at some point?

First Impressions Matter

How do you feel when you get out of the car at the address of the home you’re considering? How does the property look from the street? Are the neighboring properties in good shape? What you see on the outside matters just as much as the inside.

Location Matters, Too

You may have found your dream house, but will it really be as dreamy if you end up adding 20 minutes each way to your work commute? Is the neighborhood or street so busy you’ll always have trouble getting in and out of your driveway?

The Investment Myth

A great chunk of your monthly mortgage payment will include interest to your lender, property taxes, and insurance premiums. It will be decades before your “investment” is worth something in your portfolio. That said, it will eventually pay off as an investment if you decide to sell.

Homes Age

Some homes don’t age as gracefully as others. It may be worth paying a little more for a home built with newer, higher-quality materials. Paying less for an older home means you’ll soon end up shelling out cash for major repairs.

Title Insurance Isn’t Optional

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Title insurance protects you in the event that a past owner or related party comes forward and claims ownership interest in the home you just purchased. This simple purchase will help you to avoid a real estate nightmare and will protect you if there are any problems in the future.

Staging Makes Homes Look Good

The home you are looking at was staged with a purpose—to make you feel good about living there. Try to imagine each room empty or with your own furniture. Can you still see yourself settling in? If so, it might be the right home for you.

Have a List of Non-Negotiables

What items do you simply have to have in your dream house? What do you consider a deal breaker? Make sure your new home meets your needs and suits your long-term goals. Don’t settle for something less than what you really want. The right home will come along if you wait long enough and are realistic about your needs.

Still searching for the right home? Search Parker Homes wants to help. From wheelchair accessible homes to sprawling condos, we connect you with places where you can truly feel at home. Contact us today for more information.

 

Posted in Buying in Parker
March 23, 2017

Five Reasons to Buy a Home in 2017

Purchasing a home can seem like a somewhat daunting task—especially when you’re a first-time buyer. It can be tempting to sit on it and wait a little longer until you feel more “ready.” Unfortunately, the housing market waits for no one, and the end of 2017 could see the end of a good buyer’s market.

Here are five good reasons you should consider purchasing a home this year:

  1. Mortgage rates are still good right now—but on their way up.
    The excellent buyer’s market from a few years ago is on its way out, and mortgage rates are starting to rise again. In the fall of last year, mortgage interest rates hit their lowest point in recent times at an average of 3.55%. The average rate has since climbed back to just above 4% (which is still good), but it is expected to reach as much as 6% by 2019-2020.1
  1. Home inventory is down.
    In conjunction with rising mortgage rates, the inventory of available houses has been shrinking, which means prospective buyers have less to choose from. As supply decreases and demand stays put, experts are also seeing an increase in competition among buyers, with multiple offers often coming in at the same time.
  1. Home prices are rising.
    Even with a great mortgage rate and the perfect house, median home prices are also rising, which means buyers can expect to pay more the longer they wait. Prices are currently higher than they were before the housing market crashed in 2007, and real estate professionals expect prices to increase as much as 2-3% more this year.1
  1. Rental prices are rising, too (and you want to build your own equity!).
    If you’re renting a property, you’re effectively helping to build the owner’s equity in your building with your rent money. With rent prices rising so much that they’re becoming like mortgage payments, it’s a much better idea to go through the work of purchasing a house and start building your own equity in your own property instead.
  1. You may not have to put down much of a down payment.
    Although it’s usually assumed that you’ll need to put down at least 20% to avoid paying private mortgage insurance (PMI), there are other financing options that could reduce the amount of the down payment you’ll be required to provide. For example, the down payment for government-backed loans can be as low as 3.5%.

Find Your Dream Home This Year in Beautiful Parker, Colorado

Looking for the perfect house in a beautiful Denver suburb with great schools and safe neighborhoods? Search no further than Parker, Colorado! Search Parker Homes offers full MLS listings for all available Parker, CO real estate with convenient search tools and easy scheduling for showings.

Search Parker Homes wants to help you take advantage of the end of the buyer’s market before it’s gone. To learn more about what we do or inquire about homes for sale in Parker, CO, call us today at (720) 998-1372!

Source

  1. http://www.realtor.com/advice/buy/reasons-buy-a-home-2017/
March 9, 2017

Pantone Has Released Its Color of the Year for 2017: Greenery

If you know anything about paint, then you’re familiar with Pantone. The company’s proprietary color matching system has set the standard for the industry and has helped innumerable homeowners, designers, and construction companies find just the right shade for their next paint job.

Every year, Pantone selects a color of the year, which the company’s color experts believe best represents the next 12 months to come. For 2017, there were many potential colors that the company could have chosen, but the “global color authority” eventually decided on “Greenery” as the color of the year.

 Pantone color of the year

Greenery and What It Represents

As a company that specializes in classifying colors, it’s not surprising that Pantone has a lot to say about Greenery. Describing the color as “nature’s neutral,” the company cites a widespread desire in our increasingly technologically connected world to disconnect and re-center:

“The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world … A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront—it is an omnipresent hue around the world.”

Greenery is further described as “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade” which “evokes the first days when nature’s greens revive, restore, and renew.” The color’s association with both nature and rebirth seems especially important to Pantone’s color experts; the company’s statements on their decision to make it the Color of the Year for 2017 highlight the widespread anxiety many people are feeling about the state of the world, as well as the hope of renewal and invigoration that comes along with it.

About Pantone and the Color of the Year

The Pantone Color Institute has been naming a Color of the Year since 2000. According to the company’s descriptions of the process, color experts from around the world meet twice a year to discuss and debate which color best captures the current zeitgeist. The gathering of experts meets in a different European capital for each of its meetings. Previous colors of the year have been:

  • 2000: Cerulean
  • 2001: Fuchsia Rose
  • 2002: True Red
  • 2003: Aqua Sky
  • 2004: Tiger Lily
  • 2005: Blue Turquoise
  • 2006: Sand Dollar
  • 2007: Chili Pepper
  • 2008: Blue Iris
  • 2009: Mimosa
  • 2010: Turquoise
  • 2011: Honeysuckle
  • 2012: Tangerine Tango
  • 2013: Emerald
  • 2014: Radiant Orchid
  • 2015: Marsala
  • 2016: Rose Quartz and Serenity

Color of the year Pantone

As a company, Pantone is the respected authority on color in the painting, fashion, and design industries. Their most enduring contribution is the Pantone Matching System, a cataloging system that matches colors with numbers, which has widely been accepted as the default method for categorizing and matching colors. Needless to say, there is no other organization better suited to determining which colors best represent the mood and feeling of a year.

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Sources

  1. https://www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2017
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pantone#Color_of_the_Year
Feb. 23, 2017

One-Story Homes vs. Two-Story Homes: Which Is More Energy Efficient?

Real estate shoppers looking for homes in Parker, CO have a lot of things to weigh when choosing among available properties—local schools and work commute times come into play, as well as issues such as energy costs.

Homes in Parker CO

The monthly electric bill can often tip the balance when real estate consumers are choosing between one-story and two-story homes, but which option is truly the energy-efficient option—a one-story home or a two-story home?

The answer is complicated. A lot of factors can impact a home’s energy efficiency, such as its age, size, HVAC units, and how well it is insulated. In general, however, with all other things being equal, a one-story home will have lower energy bills than a similar two-story home.

HVAC systems in two-story homes have to work harder to heat and cool than those in one-story homes. Heat rises, so in the winter the upstairs will get warm quicker than the downstairs portion of the home. In the summer, the upstairs will be more difficult to cool than the lower floor. Most two-story homes have two HVAC units because using a single system would result in uncomfortable temperatures on one floor or the other.

Home Energy Efficiency Tips

Whether you opt for a two-story home or a one-story home, there are some things you can do to improve energy efficiency and lower your electric bill.

  • Maintain your HVAC system – Malfunctioning HVAC systems or systems whose ducts leak air can run up your power bills. If you haven’t had your HVAC system serviced in a while, schedule a technician to check your system and clean and maintain your ducts.
  • Reseal your windows – Windows are a key source of heat transfer, allowing hot air in during the summer and cold air during the winter. Resealing the areas around your windows can help lower your energy bills. If your windows are more than a decade old, you may also want to consider replacing them with more energy-efficient models.
  • Install an attic fan – An attic fan can help move hot air out of the home, helping to cool down the top floor of two-story homes.
  • Switch to energy-efficient lighting – Replace old incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient CFL bulbs. You may also want to update fluorescent lighting in your home to more efficient modern models.
  • Turn the lights off when you leave – This simple act can save you lots of money, eliminating waste. Leaving your lights on while you’re not home can result in much higher power bills than you’d have if you merely remembered to turn off the lights.

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