Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Broomfield's New Oil and Gas Webpage


The City of Broomfield has launched a new webpage for viewing oil and gas wells and inspection reports for the county.

 
  For other areas in Colorado, visit the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
 

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

Thursday, March 8, 2018

FOR SALE: 12475 Utica Street, Broomfield


Gorgeous Willow Park tri-level with finished basement is in a great Broomfield location, just blocks from a park and an elementary school, and is being offered for $439,000.

The main level hardwood floors take you into the living room, through the updated kitchen with vaulted ceilings and into the comfortable family room with gas fireplace. The kitchen has an eat-in area, island, stainless steel appliances and granite counters. Upstairs you'll find three bedrooms and 1 3/4 baths. The master bathroom has been remodeled and the bedroom has a walk-in closet. Just under 2000 square feet, this home has enough spaces for everyone to have somewhere to relax and yet still come together for a meal or a movie. 

Step into the back yard and find a beautiful pergola with a removable cover and shades to make the deck more comfortable. Picture entertaining friends over barbecue or around the fire pit. The side yard has a space for gardening including a compost bin.

Just up the road you'll find the County Commons where you can enjoy running trails, a playground, soccer and baseball fields and a dog park. Enjoy various entertainment events there, including the July 4th fireworks and Movies in the Park. Broomfield is such a great location, halfway between Denver and Boulder and US-36 and I-25. The city is also working on plans for a Downtown Civic Center near the city buildings on 1st Avenue, a place to drink coffee, eat great food, listen to music and hang out.

The property will be available to tour until Monday, March 12 at 5pm when any offers received will be reviewed. The Open House is Saturday, March 10, 2-4pm, or call me for a private showing!
  

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

Saturday, March 3, 2018

COMING SOON - BROOMFIELD!


COMING SOON! Trilevel in Willow Park. Text 1068 to 720-358-2460 for more details!
  

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

Thursday, February 22, 2018

FOR SALE: 13110 Julian Court, Westlake Village, Broomfield


Get into Broomfield at a terrific price! This Westlake Village tri-level is on a quiet cul-de-sac, just blocks from the Paul Derda Recreation Center, city trails and Broomfield County Commons and is being offered for $335,000.

Walk into a large living room with hardwood floors and stairs. The kitchen has been updated and has a comfortable eat-in area. Upstairs you'll find two good-sized bedrooms and a full bath. With 1852 total square feet, this home boasts a finished basement and a master bedroom on a level all its own. The full bathroom has been remodeled and the walk-in closet is so huge that you could put a cot in it for guests (although if you did they probably would never stay with you again). 

The lot is larger than is typical with a Pavestone patio and flagstone fire pit area. It has a 2-story shed with Thermalam that is designed to hold heavy equipment. Please note that some furniture is staying with the house, including the flat-screen TV in the basement family room. The interior has been repainted, the water heater is new, and the furnace and central A/C units were replaced just 6 years ago. This house is ready to go, just move right in!

The nearby County Commons offer so much to do, between running trails, a playground, soccer and baseball fields and a dog park. Enjoy various entertainment events there, including the July 4th fireworks and Movies in the Park. Broomfield is such a great location, halfway between Denver and Boulder and US-36 and I-25. The city is also working on plans for a Downtown Civic Center near the city buildings on 1st Avenue, a place to drink coffee, eat great food, listen to music and hang out.

The property will be available to tour until Monday, February 26 at 5pm when any offers received will be reviewed. Open Houses are Saturday, Feb. 24, 2-4pm and Sunday, Feb. 25, 11am-1pm, or call me for a private showing!
  

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

Saturday, February 17, 2018

NEW LISTING COMING SOON!




COMING SOON! Trilevel in Broomfield. Text 1058 to 720-358-2460 for more details!
  

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

Friday, February 9, 2018

Don't Skimp When it Comes to the Sewer

I made it grayscale because it was
grossing me out in color
Of all the homeowner headaches there can be, sewer backups top them all. Not only do you have to get rid of the disgusting water and waste but anything that was submerged, including flooring and drywall. Because the sewer line is hidden and not exciting it's often neglected by owners and buyers alike. 

I always recommend to buyers that they add a sewer scope to their home inspection. Often inspectors will offer package discounts that make this additional work quite affordable. Spending a hundred or two now to diagnose a problem that could cost $10,000 - $20,000 down the line is well worth it.

Digging down to the sewer line
Try to find a company that only does inspections and not repairs, otherwise you might find that the company pushes you toward unnecessary replacements. In certain houses, where the sewer line may be under the home's concrete slab, it's important to really understand if an issue can be addressed with maintenance alone or if jackhammering is in order.

If the line has a crack, water can be seeping into the ground under the pipe which may cause settling. The settling can then cause the sewer line to sink or even break. If the line becomes offset, the problem can get pretty serious and expensive, requiring the area be dug up and the portion replaced. If your line is still in good shape, you may consider a liner. These can be blown into the line at one end and, with the help of a chemical soaking, become impermeable to roots.

Sewer cleaning blade
If the line just needs a good cleaning, many companies offer a high-pressure water cleaning. I recently had an industry expert tell me that this method is inadequate because most will use the water to push debris down the line when it is designed to pull. He recommended a 4" flexible knife blade to fit into the line and scrape the build-up off of the pipe walls. I've noticed now that some agents will even specifically request this method on their Inspection Objection.

Sewer line liners
It's also important to maintain these lines and avoid flushing any materials besides toilet paper. I've also been cautioned not to treat my garbage disposal like a food processor - it may chop the food into little bits, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's going to make it all the way down the sewer line. The best practice is to scrape any food that you can into the garbage before washing off your plate. I know, it's kind of like washing your dishes before you put them into the dishwasher, but it'll be worth it in the long run.

It's also a good idea to check your insurance coverage for water-related disasters. Depending on where the water comes from and what caused the leak or back-up, most regular policies don't cover the damage. Ask your agent specifically for what is currently covered under your policy and if you can purchase riders for additional issues.

If you need the names of a few good inspectors, sewer scopers or cleaners, let me know!
  

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

Friday, December 29, 2017

My Word for 2018

Our office is big on setting goals, and we review them a couple of times a year as a group. Even though a few of our agents literally hide when these meetings come up, I actually enjoy them. Statistically, people are more likely to follow through and achieve their objectives when they write them down. I find it even more helpful to set smaller milestones on the way to the big goals. It can be motivating to achieve some successes along the way to what can sometimes be a daunting ambition.

Another part of this process that has become a custom is setting our "Word" for the new year. One Word That Will Change Your Life is the book we trade around the office, seeking inspiration. Even though I've read it a couple of times already, I find it helps focus me on what I really want for the upcoming year. This year I picked it up and my Word came to me after about 10 minutes of flipping through the pages.

It is "Courage."

Some of my Words in the past have been directly related to my job. When I received my GREEN designation I chose "Sustainability," vowing to improve my business practices and educate my clients on green choices. Others, like "Support," were intended to remind me of my commitment of service to others in both my professional and personal choices. The Words helped me re-center when I got so busy (or so NOT busy) that I lost sight of my purpose.

I resisted "Courage" when it first popped into my awareness. We've joked in the office about how, in hindsight, our Words really did shape our year and not always in the way we would've liked. Did I want to tempt the universe to test my fortitude? Still, I had to acknowledge that there were events coming up that were going to require me to pull up my big girl panties and get on with it. Some of them I have initiated and believe they will be beneficial, and yet there is a lot of anxiety associated with them. For example, members of my family and I are going to try to purchase our first investment property. While I am excited about this new project it's hard to forget about the risk involved, even though it's a venture within my area of expertise.

Other things are passing-of-time inevitabilities. My youngest daughter is finishing high school in the spring and her interest lies in international studies of some sort. My oldest daughter is talking about an internship on the east coast but also has aspirations to travel. Dennis and I will be empty nesters, and I'll be lucky if one of the kids stays in the country. While I am excited to see them experience the world, it will be quite an adjustment to only see them once or twice a year. People have reminded me that I will have great places to visit them, but I'm not ready to trade a 15-minute drive for a 15-hour flight just yet.

Heraclitus said that the only thing constant is change. Sometimes change is fun and sometimes it sucks, and sometimes you don't know which one it will be until you are knee-deep in it. In 2018, I will strive to remember that I have control over my response to the changes in my life, and that being afraid is an opportunity to be brave. 

Heraclitus also believed in the everlasting Word, that in some sense we are all one and can recognize a unity of experience. My wish for you in the New Year is that you feel that unity as life brings you change, that you realize all that you have come through already through strength and determination, and that you never forget your extraordinary capacity for courage.
  

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