Saturday, December 9, 2017

Renovation Series - Canyon Cosmetic

"Welcome to our new home! Got any food?"
Anyone who is paying even a little bit of attention to the real estate market lately knows there is a dearth of inventory, forcing buyers to consider options that they may not have in the past. Obsessive HGTV watchers pride themselves on being able to see past wallpaper and tiny closets to a vision of what their dream home could look like. Still, some properties can be challenging to embrace.

Enter Erica and Rob, into this 1970 bilevel with a tiny master bath and dog pee soaked carpet. If ever there was a need for strategically placed eucalyptus air fresheners this was it. But these two potential buyers focused on the positive features of the property - hardwood floors, a great room that offered killer views, a few acres with deer roaming about, and a location that felt like a mountain getaway but was actually only minutes from amenities. Almost everything else could be changed with a little imagination and some creative financial strategies.

Happy Thanksgiving! Here's a hammer; you can have some pie after you take down that wall. 

Renovating an entire house can be daunting - you definitely need to be organized and connected to some real professionals. Contractors should be licensed and insured and know which permits need to be pulled for your area. There's even a new loan product that allows you to roll renovation costs into your conventional mortgage. Build yourself a good team - starting with a Realtor who has renovated four houses top to bottom, personally and professionally, and has a huge directory of tested service providers. I also have a knack for mentally removing walls to see the potential of a floor plan (and then ACTUALLY removing walls; your fault for buying me a reciprocating saw for Christmas, Honey). 

Check in periodically to see the progress on this promising home. In the meantime, give me a call to find your diamond in the rough - I'll even buy you a tool belt as a closing gift.

I would love to help you with your real estate journey. 
Please contact me at 303-917-7143 or

Friday, November 17, 2017

Adding Indoor/Outdoor Living Space

Friends of mine recently decided to convert their deck into a back porch to extend their enjoyment of the Colorado seasons. They swapped out the traditional French doors leading to the deck with glass accordian doors. The decking is composite so they don't have to stain or paint it regularly. They closed in the space underneath the deck, even though it is still just dirt with weed cover and gravel, to keep the air there warmer. Heaters mounted high up on a couple of walls do the rest of the job in the coldest months. 

The space is complete with bar, counter lighting, barbecue grill and hood, sink, built in cooler, wine refrigerator, margarita machines, beer and nitrogen taps, popcorn machine, fireplace and two flat-screen TVs. I'm sure I've forgotten something but you get the idea!

Some cities will restrict whether you can completely enclose the space with doors and windows or have to leave it open. Be sure to check your local restrictions and apply for the correct building permits. It may seem like a bit of a pain, but you'll want to make sure the job is done correctly and safely and the city inspectors can give you that peace of mind. Also, if you eventually sell, buyers will be wary of improvements made without permits and you could lose money or even the sale if you haven't followed the proper processes. If you'd like the name of the fantastic contractor that pulled all of this together, let me know!

I would love to help you with your real estate journey. 
Please contact me at 303-917-7143 or

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Start Saving Now

Buying a home is a considerable expense. If you're trying to save up, make sure that you're not accidentally wasting money in the process. Check to see if you're guilty of some of these habits that could be setting you back.

I would love to help you with your real estate journey. 
Please contact me at 303-917-7143 or

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Are You Seeing Everything There is to See?

Most people begin their real estate search online these days. It makes sense that people would want easy tools that could give them facts about their home or other properties right away with no commitment. Information is plentiful, but separating the wheat from the chaff can be more challenging. No, I'm not going to rant about any public real estate sites. They are here to stay, though it's important that we understand their place in the real estate firmament. If you would like to see my more expanded opinion, you can check out this post.

You probably know that the local MLSs feed information to other public real estate websites, sometimes very quickly, sometimes not. You may not know that sellers on the MLS can choose for their homes NOT to be listed on some of these properties, for a variety of reasons. This means you can't always be sure that you are seeing all of the homes for sale unless you have access to the MLS directly.

Another snag - the Boulder MLS and Denver MLS haven't been playing very nicely together. Due to a failed buyout attempt, they have decided not to share information with each other. This means that real estate agents have to set up property searches for their clients twice. And because there is overlap in the service areas for both MLSs and some of us agents belong to both, clients are often getting duplicate emails and properties. Frustrating and time wasting for everyone, and it doesn't look like it's going to get resolved anytime soon.

Staufer Team to the rescue! In order to provide the best customer service we can, we have purchased a website that combines all of the listings from both MLSs. Even better, our clients can login, look for houses, and save properties searches themselves. They can mark their favorites, make notes and request showings directly through the site. One stop shop.

How do you find this dream come true? Login to Despite the name, it'll show you properties from Julesburg to Durango. It's never too early to get to know the market, and I won't bug you (too much) ;)

Image: J i J y

I would love to help you with your real estate journey. 
Please contact me at 303-917-7143 or

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Buyers, Don't Stress!

Buying a home is a big decision, but that doesn’t mean it has to terrify you! When you’re ready, let’s meet up and put some of those home buying fears to rest. I am an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®), and love working with first time homebuyers.

I look forward to hearing from you!

I would love to help you with your real estate journey. 
Please contact me at 303-917-7143 or

Thursday, July 20, 2017

FOR SALE: 1820 Sussex Street, Lafayette

New listing in Coal Creek Meadows! A chance to get into Lafayette and the Boulder Valley School District. Plus, the LaMont Does Adventure Waterpark is only a short distance away and scheduled for completion this summer.

This ranch home sits on a corner lot and has a full basement. 2 bedrooms, 1 full bath, an eat-in kitchen and a fireplace in the living room round out the main floor. If you're looking for an affordable property to bring your DIY skills to, this is it! The house is a fixer-upper and being sold as-is, but it's priced accordingly.

I'll be holding an Open House on Sunday, July 23 from 10-12pm if you'd like to see the place in person. Call if you'd like a showing but can't make the open house. And start thinking about how you're going to decorate!

I would love to help you with your real estate journey. 
Please contact me at 303-917-7143 or

Friday, July 14, 2017

FOR SALE: 662 Sunnyside Street, Louisville

Fresh listing in Louisville North! Great location - attend a pilates class, pick up groceries at Alfalfa's & take a short stroll thru the beautiful Colorado weather to your new home! Attend Boulder Valley schools and enjoy all that downtown has to offer. 

This trilevel home has 3 bedrooms, 1 3/4 baths, 1 car garage and 1296 sqft. Extensive hardwood floors greet you, custom kitchen built-ins hold your favorite coffee and the huge master bedroom provides plenty of room for a reading area as well as your bedroom furniture. There's also a backyard flagstone patio, slate tile, walk-in closet, and a radon mitigation system already installed. Great schools, close to downtown it already feels like home! 

I'll be holding an Open House on Sunday, July 16 form 1-3pm if you'd like to pop in. Or contact me to schedule a private showing. Settle in this house before the new school year starts!

I would love to help you with your real estate journey. 
Please contact me at 303-917-7143 or