Friday, December 7, 2018






The Louisville First Friday Art Walk is tonight, Dec. 7, from 5-9pm and the Parade of Lights starts at 7pm. Santa will be visiting the Chamber of Commerce around 5:30, and the ice rink at the Steinbaugh Pavilion is open. Come out for the festivities, and stop by the Staufer Team office for art, hot chocolate or something a little harder to keep you warm!
There's No Place Like Home ~ Robbin Merta, Glasslight Studio



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

Friday, November 30, 2018

7 Painful Lessons Learned While Tearing Down and Rebuilding a House

Home renovations are one of those things that look a lot more glamorous on TV. If you are considering a major remodeling project, this homeowner shares her tricks and tips to make it as painless as possible.
  

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

Friday, October 12, 2018

FOR SALE: 13939 Legend Trail #103, Broomfield


Great condo in The Falls at Legend Trail - get that lock-and-leave lifestyle!

Brand new listing - 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 2 car garage. Upper level ranch-style condo means no footsteps above your head. Master bedroom has a walk-in closet and 5-piece bathroom. Plenty of room for your lifestyle with both an eat-in kitchen and formal dining room, plus an office with french doors and laundry room - not just a little laundry closet!

The unit also boasts a gas stove, stainless steel appliances, solid wood doors, gas fireplace, 220 volt wiring in the garage and includes the clothes washer, dryer and an umbrella for the balcony. There, you'll be able to relax and you look out upon a green space and gaze into the distance to see the community golf course and mountains beyond. 

The refrigerator, garage door opener, garbage disposal, water heater and carpet are all less than 2 years old for your peace of mind. Interior colors are warm earth tones. You can move right in and do no work, have no projects that need your immediate attention, or you can choose to make some updates as you go and get yourself some sweat equity. The community includes a pool, clubhouse and exercise room. The reasonable HOA fees include not only your exterior maintenance and snow removal, but trash and water/sewer as well!

The property is available to tour immediately, and we'll be hosting Open Houses on Saturday, October 13, 12pm-2pm, and Sunday, October 14, 10am-12pm, 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

Friday, September 14, 2018

Helpful Hints

If you are buying a property, one thing you'll want to be aware of is the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 (FIRPTA). This IRS income tax withholding applies when a non-citizen of the United States sells or transfers real property in the U.S. or the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The transferee of the property must withhold an amount realized by the foreign person on the transfer, generally 15%. If you are using a title company to close your real estate transaction, they will usually ask the seller to confirm that they are a U.S. citizen, and withhold the amount required if they are not.

However, the stakes are pretty big if this step is missed, so it's helpful for buyers to know that FIRPTA exists and verify that this has been done. If the withholding is not done and the IRA cannot recover it from the seller, they can come after the BUYER for payment. There are exceptions, of course, but if they don't apply the price tag can be big. On a property costing $500,000, this figure could be $75,000!


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

Friday, August 31, 2018

What is PMI? (And Why You Want to Avoid It)


If you want to buy a home, then PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance) might be necessary. If you'd like to talk about mortgage options, or be referred to a knowledgeable mortgage broker, please 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, August 10, 2018

10 Ways to Improve Your Credit Score

I’m sure you’ve been told that your credit score is a major factor when you’re trying to buy a home, but do you know how to raise it? This list is a great place to start, and then let me know if you have any other questions about your home search. I am an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) and I would love to help!


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

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Clients Giving Back to the Community


When my clients close a transaction with me, I donate a portion of my commission to a local charity which they get to choose. Below is a list of some of the organizations that my clients have chosen to give to over the past couple of years:

  • Colorado Public Radiostriving to foster a better understanding of community issues; promote music enjoyment and education throughout the region; and lead collaborations in production, distribution, and fundraising.
  • Resource Central – a community hub with programs that help people save water, reduce waster and conserve energy.
  • Sister Carmen Community Center – a non-religious agency helping vulnerable residents in East Boulder County through meeting basic needs, preventing homelessness, help with obtaining employment, parenting support, and meaningful family and child centered activities.
  • Broomfield Council on the Arts & Humanities striving for the advancement or arts and humanities by nurturing diverse, quality programs and ensuring inclusive access for residents of Broomfield and surrounding areas.


I am very fortunate to have the job that I love, and am grateful to be able to give back to the community for all that it has given me. Thank you to all of my wonderful clients for making these donations possible!



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