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Real Estate Agent or Broker: What’s the Difference?

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Whether you’re buying or selling a home, it’s important to understand  the roles and responsibilities of the professionals working with you.

Today’s article defines the distinct differences between a Real Estate Agent and a Real Estate Broker. 

Always do your research and understand what your state requires when it comes to credentials before choosing the experts to help you through buying or selling a home. 

Looking to sell or buy a home in Denver? Reach out to me and let’s get started today!

I am an independent Realtor® and Real Estate Broker!

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Is a Home Owners Association (HOA) Right For You?

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More and more communities are utilizing an HOA to govern their neighborhoods. But, is an HOA right for YOU?

HOA’s or Home Owners Associations dictate how your home and property must be maintained with specific rules, guidelines, limitations and restrictions. Violating these rules can result in fines or worse.

Typically, people either love or hate an HOA. 

Before you move into an HOA-controlled community, consider the following:

  • Do you want to be told what kind or size of pet you may own?
  • Do you want restrictions on what you can – or cannot – put on your balcony, patio or front yard including holiday decorations or political signs?
  • Are you ok with an HOA limiting the number of overnight guests? 
  • If you have children, are you comfortable with age restrictions when it comes to them using community facilities? 

Before you buy a home in an HOA, carefully think about whether it’s the best choice for you and your family. 

Looking to sell your home in Denver? Reach out to me and let’s get started today!

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Decipher Your New Zip Code BEFORE You Move In!

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Are you looking to move into a new town or community?

Decipher your potential new zip code first!

There are 5 specific details to know before you move into a new zip code including:

  1. Local laws, Community Bylaws and Condo/Homeowner Association Rules
  2. Local tax differences (including property tax and local income tax)
  3. Car Insurance Rates
  4. Utilities Cost/Service: Sewer and water, trash and phone/internet
  5. Activity Levels: Inquire about noise and activity levels that may increase noise and decrease mobility. 

Knowing beforehand what to expect will help you make a well-rounded and informed decision on your next move! 

Looking to sell or buy in the Denver Real Estate Market? Don’t wait!

Reach out to me and let’s get started today!

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Real Estate Bubble: What is it And Is One Coming? 

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Are we headed for a Real Estate bubble with the current housing market?

In today’s article, learn what a Real Estate bubble is and why the current situation is unlikely to create one in 2021 despite low inventory, historically low interest rates and offers well-above asking prices. 

If you’re thinking about selling or buying, it’s critical to speak to a trusted Real Estate professional to correctly understand the conditions in your specific market so you can optimize the value of your property and the equity in your home. 

Looking to sell or buy in the Denver Real Estate Market? Don’t wait!

Reach out to me and let’s get started today!

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Out-of-the-Ordinary Home Sale Options

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Owning your own home is part of the American Dream! But what happens if you find yourself challenged with financial issues? 

Knowing your potential options can help you make an informed decision that’s best for you and your future. 

Today’s article gives you the pros and cons for each option below:

  • Short Sale
  • Deed in Leiu
  • Foreclosure

And always reach out to your trusted Real Estate Agent!

Looking to sell your home in Denver? Reach out to me and let’s get started today!

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Moving from the City to the Suburbs?

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Are you part of the shift from the city to the suburbs? As a direct – and unexpected – side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, more people and families are moving to more outdoor living, open space and increased privacy. 

Before you make the move to the ‘burbs, read our latest article to get properly prepared for the transition!

Looking to buy in the Denver suburbs? Reach out to me and let’s find the perfect suburban neighborhood and home for you and your family!

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Finding a Pet-Friendly Neighborhood

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Neighborhoods are so important when you’re looking to move or buy a new home. Especially if you’re a dog or pet owner!

Are there appropriate pet amenities in the neighborhood(s) you’re considering? Services like veterinary and emergency care, groomers, dog-friendly and off-leash parks and even pet-friendly stores?

Today’s article offers the tips to keep in mind for your furry friend when you’re looking to move into a new community!

Next, if you’re looking to buy in Denver, Colorado, reach out to me and let’s find the perfect pet-friendly location and home!

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Are You Stuck in a Renting Rut?

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It’s a brand new year and time to see your goals and dreams come to fruition!

Have you been thinking about buying a home and getting out of the renting rut? In order to build true wealth, you need to ditch the landlord and own your own piece of the American Dream!

With a great agent and some research, you can determine when you should make the leap into homeownership! 

Today’s article answers some of the basic questions when it comes to buying your first home.

Next, if you’re looking to buy in Denver, Colorado, reach out to me and let’s get started!

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New Year’s Resolutions that BOOST Your Home’s Value!

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Happy New Year!

What have you resolved to get done this year? A new diet or exercise regimen? New habits or goals? 

What about boosting your home’s value this year?

As one of your biggest assets, increasing your home’s value offers the biggest financial impact on your future goals and dreams! Even better, increasing your home’s value does not need to break the bank!

Today’s article gives you 10 easy ideas to boost your home’s overall value and offer maximum return on your investment!

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Does Home Ownership Fit (Your) Bill?

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As we move towards the New Year, resolutions and dreams, are you thinking about buying a new home?

While buying a new home is exciting, it’s also a lot of added responsibilities especially financially! Before you take that leap, be sure to think through all the added costs and upkeep to make sure home ownership is right for YOU, your finances and goals!

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(Looking to be a homeowner in Denver? Let’s set you up for success now and in the future! 


Finding the Right Home in the Right School District

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Finding your next home in a desirable school district is invaluable whether you have kids or not! A high-quality school district can significantly boost your home’s value when it comes time to sell.

Usually, quality schools mean quality neighborhoods. So when it comes time to sell, you can help ensure your home’s value doesn’t dramatically decrease by buying now in a good school district!

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(Looking for your next home in Denver-metro? Let’s set you up for success now and in the future! 


Getting From “For Sale” to “Sold:” A How-To Guide

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With the right professional guidance + 3 specific phases, you can go from “For Sale” to “SOLD!” with less stress and anxiety!

Learn about the specific steps in each of the 3 phases of selling your home:

  1. The Preparation Phase;
  2. The Listing Phase; and
  3. The Showing Phase.

Also, don’t go it alone! The right professional can make selling your home easier and worry-free through each of the 3 phases!

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(Selling your Denver home? Let’s talk about getting YOU from “For Sale” to “SOLD!”


How do You Find a Home in a Low Inventory Market?

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Depending on where you live, the Real Estate Market may be experiencing low levels of inventory because of high demand and record-low interest rates.

So, how can you buy a home in a low inventory market and improve your odds of finding the right home at the right price? This week’s article gives you the best tips for WHERE to look and then a 5-step successful strategy for buying your next home.

  1. Line up a Rental to Buy Some Time
  2. Coordinate with Your Real Estate Agent for a Successful Move
  3. Be Willing to Do Some Repairs/Renovations
  4. Leave Wiggle Room in Your Budget to Bid Higher
  5. And think about your long-term goals!
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(Looking for your next home? Let’s talk about your specific situation and options!


Should You Rent or Not Rent Your Property?

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No matter where you own property, there will probably be interested renters. But, should you put your property up for rent?

This article talks about the things you need to consider first:

  • Know the Rules in your City, County and State
  • Allow Enough Time to Complete all Necessary Tasks
  • Market Your Home
  • Make It Stand OUT
  • And Protect Yourself!
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Homebuying 101 for Millennials and Gen-Z

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Millennials currently make up the majority of home buys!

Buying your first home can be scary, but with the right professionals and the tips in this week’s article, you can make the best and biggest investment of your life the right way!

Things you need to consider (and in this article) include:

  • Employment History
  • Credit Score
  • Cash Reserves
  • Future Plans
  • Finding the Best Real Estate Professional!
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(Looking to buy your first home in Denver? I’d love to earn your business and become your Realtor For Life!)


Selling Your Home? First Step, Declutter!

A Decluttered Home Sells Faster and For More Money
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Did you know that decluttering your home may help you sell faster AND for a higher price? It’s true!

Read our new article for the easy tips when decluttering your:

  • Bedrooms & Bathrooms
  • Kitchen
  • Closets
  • Living Room and
  • Even the Garage!
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(Time to sell your Denver home? I’d love to earn your business and become your Realtor For Life!)


Are You Ready to Upsize Your Space?

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With coronavirus, many are thinking of upsizing their home space.

Are you?

While upsizing is not for everyone, downsizing may no longer be the norm with more people working from home and children being schooled at home.

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(Looking to upsize your next home in Denver? Let me help you through the process with the best professional representation!)


Why 20 Percent Down Isn’t Always the Best Option

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“Everyone” knows you have to put 20% down when you purchase a home, right?

Well, maybe not.

In reality, there are a variety of options for down payments and it’s important to choose the best one for your home purchase scenario!

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(Looking to buy your first – or next home – in Denver? Let me help you through the process with the best professional representation!)


Home Buying is a Key Personal Investment!

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Whether you’re thinking about buying a mansion, a townhouse or even a small studio, buying a home is a key personal investment for your life and future!

From the financial benefits of owning your own home to tax advantages and the opportunity to build inter-generational wealth, homeownership creates new positive financial habits and mindset with an eye on future, long-term benefits.

Click the image above to learn the tangible and non-tangible benefits of owning your own home.
(Looking to buy your first – or next home – in Denver? Send me a message here!)


Should You List Your Home During the Holidays?

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Are you still thinking or planning to sell your home this year?

With the holidays right around the corner, you may be considering holding off until the New Year. But should you?

Maybe not!

With the delayed spring market due to COVID, record buyer demand and record-low interest rates, you should consider taking advantage of strong buyer demand and list your home sooner rather than later!

(Want to sell your Denver home? Send me a message here!)
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Student Loans vs. Homebuying

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Student loan debt in the United States is at an all-time record of $1.6 trillion. But with the right financial planning, you can still buy the home you want!

In this week’s article, learn about properly managing your debt, saving for a down payment and your DTI (debt-to-income ratio).

(Looking to buy a home in Denver, Colorado? Send me a message here!)
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Long-Distance Move in Your Future? Here Are the Tips You Need to Buy Your New Home!

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Is there a long-distance move in your future?

HOW are you going to find the right neighborhood and home at a distance?

COVID-19 has actually made it easier with virtual home tours.  

But, your FIRST STEP is to find the RIGHT Real Estate professional in your future city and together discuss your goals and needs.

(Looking to relocate to Denver, Colorado? Send me a message here!)
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Join Me in the 4th Annual “Battle of the Realtors Sock Drive” in Denver!

Let’s ROCK the SOCKS for Denver’s homeless population! I can’t do it without YOUR support! Donations are accepted through October 31st.

Just call me at 720-809-7611 or Email BuyAHomeWithShana@gmail.com!

Support Denver's Sock Drive!



Get READY for the Hot Fall Market!

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Traditionally, the Real Estate market is hottest in the springtime.

BUT .. with the COVID-19 shutdowns this spring, many sellers cancelled their listings with a wait-and-see approach.

Happily, that means an unusual HOT and ACTIVE Fall Market!

Click the image above to learn exactly WHY the fall is the PERFECT time to go shopping for a new home!



Learn How to Craft a Winning Offer in a Competitive Market!

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Congratulations! You’ve found your “dream home” and are ready to put in your offer.

Wait! Before you do, learn the strategies for crafting a winning offer in today’s competitive market. Demand is high, interest rates are at an all-time low and many houses are going under contract in just hours!

Ensure YOUR offer stands out with the 6 strategies outlined in the article above!

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FIVE Reasons You Need to Hire a Real Estate Agent!

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Are you thinking about selling your home on your own?

It can be tempting to go the FSBO route (For Sale by Owner), but should you?

Hiring a professional and seasoned Real Estate agent can save you:

Time

Energy

Extra stress AND

Costly mistakes!

Click on the image about to learn the 5 reasons why YOU need to hire a Real Estate Agent when you go to sell your home!

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What is Your Home Really Worth?

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Like most homeowners, you probably have a figure in mind about what your home is “worth.”

But a Real Estate professional is in the best position to give you the most accurate valuation depending on the current market, location and other factors.

Click on the image above to learn the factors that really make up your home’s true value to a home buyer.

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Zoom Class: Learn How the Denver Real Estate Market is BOOMING Despite COVID-19!

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Are you hesitating to sell or buy a new home? Think the Denver-metro Real Estate market is dead or dying?

Great news, it’s not!

Join our Zoom class and learn what’s happening in the Colorado Real Estate market even in a coronavirus world!

Learn why it’s a great time to search for a new home and get all your questions answered with your hosts, Shana Stokes and Cleo Lewis!


When: Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at Noon (Mountain Time, US & Canada)

Where: Online via Zoom

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How the American ‘burbs Have Changed

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Although common today, America’s suburbs did not exist before World War II. Living was either urban or rural.

But by 2000, the majority of Americans lived in the ‘burbs.

Today, many suburbs even include the benefits of living in the city without the higher home prices.  

Are you ready to move into the suburbs?

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Home Selling Tips for Pet Owners

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If you’re a pet owner, you’ll want to know these tips before selling your home!

From day-to-day living, all-important showings and when moving out, there’s no reason for your pet to hinder your selling process!

The tips in our latest article will ensure you can enjoy your pet AND make a deal all at the same time!

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Factors That Affect Your Home’s Equity

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There are many factors that can positively – or negatively – affect your home’s value!

Updates, upgrades and even additions can help add equity to your home’s value, but there are also other elements that can have an even greater impact.

(Deferred maintenance and current inventory are just 2 of those other elements.)

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5 Reasons to Start Your Home Search Today!

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Have you been waiting to begin your home search process? The wait is OVER and it’s time to talk to your Real Estate professional TODAY!

Today’s article gives you FIVE undeniable reasons to start searching for your next home now!

(Record-low interest rates being one of those reasons.)

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Thinking About Selling Your Home? Read This First!

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Avoid these 10 common pitfalls when selling your home. From to “intuitive pricing” to effective showings and negotiations and more, this article will help you ace the home sale process (along with the help of your professional Real Estate agent of course!).

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Do you have a home inspection coming up?

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Home inspections can be overwhelming and frustrating. But it doesn’t have to be with the right questions!
This article outlines the 10 questions you need to ask your Real Estate Agent sooner rather than later!

Even if you are a seasoned homeowner, every inspection is different for every home. Get prepared in advance for the unexpected with your trusted Realtor’s help!

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Are YOU a first-time home buyer?

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Learn the 5 vital tips to make your home buying journey easier! From checking your credit score to being realistic about what you can really afford and more, being prepared will make the home buying process smoother!

And when you come to Tip #5, reach out to me for your new Denver home!

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The Finance Process: What You Need to Ask

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Experienced Real Estate agents, like myself, can put you in touch with the right professionals who can help you through the finance process. In this article, you’ll learn the 10 questions you need to ask to get the best possible financial support.

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Single Women Buy More Homes Than Males!

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Did you know that single women (18%) are surpassing single male (9%) home buyers? It’s true according to National Association of Realtors (NAR) in 2019. Why? “The desire to own a home of my own.”

Selling a home? Learn 6 tips for making your home more appealing to women buyers in this article!

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Real Estate is Hot this Summer!

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With the stay-at-home orders from COVID-19, the Real Estate market got a late start this year. But with things slowing reopening, many new listings are being seen for the first time.

How does this late Real Estate season differ from a traditional Spring market? This article will give you the best tips for both buyers and sellers in the Summer Real Estate market!

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Has COVID-19 Changed the Mortgage Market?

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Whether you’re looking to buy or refinance your home, today’s article will help prepare you for the current lending challenges and new requirements when it comes to new mortgages or refinancing.

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