The Safest Cities in Colorado

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When moving or relocating your family, the last thing you want to overlook is the safety of the area you’re moving to. If you’re moving to Colorado then you’re in luck—we boast one of the safest states in the nation when it comes to crime rate. People in the Centennial State are less concerned about their safety than residents of most other states. The fact that 80% of Colorado’s safest cities have continually been improving their ranking year over year, is indicative of this peace of mind that Coloradans share. In a 2020 State of Safety survey, Colorado reported about 15% lower concern about safety on a daily basis than the national average. They also reported half as much personal experience with violent crime in the past year.

The Top Ten Safest Places in Colorado

At the top of the list is Windsor, a northern Colorado town that is only sixty miles away from downtown Denver. Looking for a small town feel? Milliken, Carbondale, and Johnstown are towns that have seen their numbers in violent and property crime decrease over the last few years. Also in the top five of this report is Fort Lupton. The city is named after an old world trading post that once operated in the area and can still be viewed today at the South Platte Historical Park.

Located near the more densely populated city of Boulder is the gem of Erie. Erie is great for art enthusiasts because the town boasts a wonderful Art Center. With over thirty parks, Firestone Colorado is a very safe place to raise a family. Castle Rock and Parker have also seen their numbers in crime decrease over the past years. Both of these towns are in Douglas County, whose School District has among the highest level of students in Colorado. And last, but certainly not the least, is Estes Park. A gateway into the picturesque Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park has some of the best views of the Rocky Mountains in the entire state. If you’re looking to move to Colorado, contact Mark Eibner today.

Summer Home Buying Tips

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Though more widely known for its beautiful white winters, Colorado also boasts wonderfully moderate summers. If you are considering moving to the Centennial state, summer is the prime time to start looking. If you need an agent, contact Mark Eibner today and let him interview to represent you in the Colorado real estate market. He has been in the industry in this area for well over thirty years. Here are a few tips that I’ve found useful over my many years in the business.

One of the first things that you can do is visit open houses. Open houses are great for people who aren’t sure what they’re looking for in a home. Touring open houses will give you a sense of what you are actually looking for and make the idea of moving more concrete. Because of the pandemic, many sellers are moving to offering virtual tours instead of open houses, which are a great alternative. If you find a home you like, do a little research on the neighborhood. You aren’t only buying a house, you’re also buying into a community. Many things vary from neighborhood to neighborhood like home style, architecture, and community planning. Also, consider seeing what public parks, outdoor space, restaurants, shopping, and other amenities the neighborhood has to offer.

Another important thing to think about when looking for a home in Colorado is how it is equipped to handle the climate. How will the house stand up to our year-round climate? Large, picture windows that bring in the summer light and nature panoramas might make it difficult to stay warm in the winter. Ask about air conditioning, heating, and climate control to keep you comfortable year-round. Fireplaces are wonderful additions to homes and can help you save on your winter heating bills.

How Renting is Bad for You

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Do you rent? Buying isn’t for everyone, but renting can have negative side effects. If you are in an apartment, you are probably very close to your neighbors, especially if your unit is in the middle of the building; you may share walls with neighbors as well as having neighbors above and below you. If this is the case, you probably have had issues with loud music or the sound of others waking you up at night. Many renters think they can’t buy a home and have to put up with lousy neighbors and renting issues, but this might not be the case. The following has a few more reasons why renting can be bad for you and a solution to your renting problem.

Why Not to Rent

The biggest reason renting is bad for you is that it can be a waste of money. You get nothing for all that money you spend in terms of your future. You won’t get anything back when you move unless you get your deposit refunded, which many tenants do not. When you buy a home, you pay a mortgage that builds you equity. Another reason why renting is not good will be evident if something in your home breaks. When things break, you have to contact the landlord to get it fixed or replaced. Landlord’s are often dealing with many tenants at one time and can’t respond to your issues right away. You have no control over what happens because you do not own the property.

Going a step further, you are also not allowed to renovate the property in any way. That means you may be stuck with out of date appliances. Many tenants are not even allowed to paint their walls or install wallpaper. When you rent, it is hard to feel like the space belongs to you. Also, when your lease is up, there’s no guarantee you can renew it. Your landlord might decide to take advantage of the booming Colorado real estate market and sell the house/condo. If you do get to stay, your landlord will most likely raise your rent. The solution is to buy. If you are currently renting, but think you want to buy, contact Mark Eibner today. Mark has been in the real estate business in Colorado for decades and can get you the best deal possible.

Do I Need an Agent to Buy a New Build?

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There are some bad agents out there that will not do you much service, and they make the rest of us look bad. Most agents do more than just sign some papers to get their commission. When you hire a good agent, they will help assess the bigger picture, especially when it comes to new builds. Therefore, the answer is yes. You should always get an agent when buying a new build. If you are thinking about buying a new build in Colorado, contact Mark Eibner. Mark has an arsenal of knowledge about most builders in the state and can negotiate the best deal for you.

Builders & Agents

Builders are not the enemy, but they will often overcharge you. It’s how they make their money. Many builders will steer you away from getting an agent, which will make overcharging you easier. What’s the best way to protect yourself? Do not go looking without your agent present. If you do not go with your agent on the first visit, it can be difficult to include one later. If you do find yourself looking at new builds without an agent, do not sign anything that could bar you from using your own agent.

Not all builders are created equal. Though rare, builders can slip in sneaky clauses in their contracts to protect themselves and not you in case something goes wrong. A qualified real estate agent on your side will know what to look out for. Your agent can also recommend independent inspectors that have your best interests in mind. Why do agents make sure you are happy in the long run and do not try to trick you? Agents actually get most of their business from repeat clients and referrals from clients. Over 80% of our business in fact. We look out for you because it’s the right thing to do and it is the only way we can grow our business.

Myths from House Flipping Shows

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All house-flipping shows have the same story. Someone buys a dilapidated house and a team of elite contractors and designers transforms it into a work of art. And then the buyer turns around and sells it for a hefty profit. They make it look easy, too easy. It makes for great TV, but it is often too good to be true. Can you flip a house and make a profit? Yes, but there are some factors you should know first. Also, If you are thinking about flipping a home in Colorado, contact Mark Eibner today. Mark has decades of experience.

The Truth About DIY Projects

These TV shows can get everything done quickly with amazing results because of their dedicated team. If you are planning to flip a home, you will have to hire local contractors. Local contractors are great, but they will probably be working multiple jobs and can’t perform as quickly. On the big screen, even the hosts get in on the DIY projects. While you might be tempted to do things yourself to keep expenses low, make sure to do some research to know what you’re getting into. Small projects often escalate if you don’t have real world experience, which all of these professionals on TV have.

Through the magic of TV, building materials are always on-site and ready to go. In the real world, that’s not always the case. That hardwood flooring and those stone tiles are specialty items, which can be harder to find in the bulk you need them in. Also, your location will affect the costs of contractors and supplies. Renovating a home in Kiowa will be cheaper than a home in downtown Denver. This is typically not addressed in these show and costs are most often underestimated.

Pre-Inspection Issues That You Can Address Yourself

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If you are thinking about selling your home, remember that one of the earliest hurdles you’ll have to get over is the inspection of your home. Finding issues that must be addressed after your inspection, can cost you a lot of time in the selling process—negotiating with the buyer. We recommend that you fix the problem areas in your home before the inspection so that you’ll save yourself time in the long run. By addressing any problems, you’ll assure potential buyers that the property is in great condition. Here are a few things you should fix now before entering the selling process.

Need an agent? Contact Mark Eibner. Mark has been in the real estate business in Colorado for decades and no one knows the local market more.

Things to Fix Now

Your chimney is a great place to start. Not every home in Colorado has them, but if your home does, you should have a professional take a look. Prolonged weathering can cause cracks. Another issue you should fix right away is any electrical problems. Many homeowners will fix electrical issues themselves to save money. However, you should make sure that everything is up to code prior to the inspection as electrical violations are both common and easy to spot. Faulty wiring is a fire hazard and no buyer wants that liability.

Let’s not forget about your roofing. If you know your home needs new roofing, consider taking care of it before starting the selling process. Even if you believe the roof has a few good years left in it, hearing that it’s nearing the end of its life is enough to send buyers running. Lastly, make sure that your plumbing is adequate. Leaky faucets, loose toilets, and low water pressure—these are the first things an inspector will spot. And so will your buyers. If you have any minor plumbing problems, now is the time to take care of them.

Summer Activities in Colorado

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Now that many of the stay at home orders throughout Colorado have started to lift, Coloradans will be flocking to the great outdoors. With all of its mountains, lakes, rivers, and trails, Colorado was made for the outdoor adventurer. With so many options available, what should you do first? Here are four of the most popular things to do in Colorado that you can’t do in many other states. Also, if you are planning to buy or sell real estate in Colorado, contact Mark Eibner today. Mark has been in the real estate business in Colorado for decades and knows the market inside and out.

Things To Do In Colorado

First of all, Colorado is known for its beautiful hiking trails. Whether you are an experienced hiker or just looking for an easy stroll through nature, Colorado has hundreds of trails for you to explore. Colorado even boasts historical paths that overlook ancient Native American artifacts. For these trails try Santa Fe Trail’s Sierra Vista Overlook near La Junta and the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument near Cortez. Colorado is also brimming with campgrounds. With campsites in 41 state parks—on more than 22 million acres of national forests and grasslands and in hundreds of private campgrounds—there are always great camping spots near you no matter where you live in Colorado.

Less well known are Colorado’s amazing waterways. Though our state is landlocked and has a dryer climate, there are plenty of lakes and rivers to enjoy by boat. If you are looking for a place to cast out your fishing line, Colorado has you covered. Try Grand Mesa Lakes near Cedaredge, Lake Pueblo State Park and Steamboat Lake State Park for some of the best catches in the state. And let’s not forget our equine friends when planning our summer activities. Colorado has many great riding trails with outfitters that you can rent a horse from. Colorado also has a abundant supply of dude and guest ranches.

Perfect Plants for Colorado Climate

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The snow has melted and the sun is out in Colorado. This means that many Coloradans will be out in their yards, green thumbs held high, attending their plants. Planning on adding some new plants to your landscape? With so many options to choose from at your local nursery, it can be hard to make a decision on what to buy. Colorado has a dryer climate than many other states. However, there are plenty of options when it comes to surrounding your home with plants that bloom in the Centennial State. Here are a few Colorado plants that I’ve had personal success with. Remember, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, contact Mark Eibner today. He has decades of experience throughout the state and can help you find the right home for you.

Colorado Plants

The Rocky Mountain Columbine is the official state flower of Colorado and a great choice for your landscape. This plant is a perfect match to the unique climate and altitude of Colorado. In fact, it can handle full sun above 7,000 feet. It comes in shades of blue, yellow, red, violet, and white. Another great plant for your Colorado landscape is the Russian Sage. This plant produces purple blooms that will add plenty of texture to your garden. When first establishing this plant, it will need to be watered regularly. However, once it is established it requires little maintenance and is a great plant for xeriscaping.

If you want to invite butterflies into your garden, the Yellow Alyssum is the plant you’re looking for. This perennial is widely known for its clusters of cheery yellow flowers that appear in late spring. The Yellow Alyssum has a tendency to grow outward so make sure to place it in a sunny spot where it can cover a lot of ground. And then there’s the Bronze Fennel. This edible herb is an excellent addition to your garden given its unique texture of wispy leaves. When planning your garden in layers, put this plant on the back row. Bronze Fennel is great to use on the border of your landscape because it grows up to four feet tall and wide.

Small Projects, Big Rewards

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If you are considering selling your home, you have probably already made a list of all the small projects that you want to do to entice buyers. Everyone wants to do small, cost-effective projects that will increase the value of their home. But how do you know which projects are worth your time and money? Here are some of the best do-it-yourself projects to increase the value of your home from my personal experience.

When it comes to home projects, keeping it simple is the best place to start. It is true that putting in an entire new kitchen and redoing all the tiles in the bathrooms will increase the value of your home, but it may not be worth it if you are trying to sell quickly. Bigger projects are typically saved for when you are planning on living in the home for a while—why do a big renovation if you’re not going to be able to enjoy it yourself? Therefore, if you want to sell soon and don’t want to break the bank on renovations, keep it simple. The three things I would focus on are fixing broken things, cleaning and restoring surfaces, and rolling on some fresh paint.

Do It Yourself Projects

Take a walk around your home, inside and out, and make a list of everything that is broken. How are the hinges on that fence gate in the backyard? What about that flickering light bulb in the garage? These are the first things that buyers will notice when touring your property, so get them fixed first. Cleaning is a no-brainer (having a dirty or messy home will not send the right message to buyers), but there may be things that need to be restored. Check those hardwood floors for scratch marks or your carpet for rips. These are common problems that parents or pet owners forget about because they’re used to them. Unless the surface is badly damaged, these fixes are usually easy to do yourself.

And lastly—paint, paint, paint. That rose-colored feature wall in your bedroom may be your favorite part of the house, but buyers usually respond better to neutral wall colors. When light bounces off of soft colors it makes the room seem bigger and more inviting than when bouncing off of darker colors. Also, slapping on a fresh coat of paint on the baseboards and crown moldings can really revitalize a room. Paint does fade over the years and you probably won’t notice much of a difference, but potential buyers will. If you are looking to buy a home in Colorado, give Mark Eibner a call today. He’s been in the Colorado real restate business for decades and can help you get into the home of your dreams.

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