What to Expect When Buying a Home: For First Time Home Buyers



August 15, 2012What It's Like to Buy a Home...Step By Step Welcome to one of the first series written for the Colorado Buyer Agent Association blog.  This series was written by a first time home buyer that worked with a member of the association that covers the Denver Metro area including Lakewood, and details the experience of home buying and working with an agent. Covering all of the major steps of...

First Time Home Buyer: Investment Tips Part Two



May 4, 2012The last few blogs have covered the topic about why you purchase your home- mainly as an investment or mainly for the sake of owning.  My personal reasons fell somewhere in the middle- I want to make money and I want the benefits of owneship. So, to achieve this, I took great care in choosing a home that had the potential to be a good investment, now, I am working hard at the next important...

First Time Home Buyer: How I Plan to Make a Return on My Investment (Part One)



April 30, 2012Last blog we talked about personal motivations for buying a home, is it because you want a piece of land and a place to call your own (and I do believe that is part of human nature), or completely monetary- you want to buy real estate to make money. For many of us, the motivation is a blend of the two.  It was for me.  Growing up, my family moved several times- sometimes because of a change in...

Confessions of a First Time Home Buyer: Keeping up with The Joneses



December 3, 2010I never saw myself as the type of person that would feel the pressure to “Keep Up with the Joneses.”  I thought, why would I ever care if someone’s yard looked nicer than ours, or if they had curtains instead of blankets draped over their windows. (I assure you, if you’ve got the right blanket, it can effectively and even somewhat attractively serve the same purpose as a curtain.  I’m...

Thanksgiving Special, to Home Owners Everywhere, Part 2



November 26, 2010When we arrived, we bumped into Home Depot Santa Clause.  We told him that we were looking to buy a nail gun to complete our project, and he took us to the right place.  He showed us the different air compressor options (air compressor???!!! Yikes, can’t I just use some Double A batteries for this thing??)  And he very frankly, without making any judgments of our ignorance, or trying to make...

Thanksgiving Special, to Home Owners Everywhere Part One



November 24, 2010A few weekends ago my husband and I decided to finish The Molding.  The Molding is a home improvement project that we started a good 3 months ago.  When we decided to redo the kitchen floor, which we finished in about 3 days, we did not realize that redoing the kitchen floor would also require redoing the molding.  So, The Molding is that little bonus project that I am learning is a part of...

Home Buying Basics: Pre-Qualification and Pre-Approval



November 15, 2010What is pre-qualification? Pre-qualification is the first step towards securing a loan.  Typically, the pre-qualification process is a phone interview with a lender, but some lenders allow you to submit information online.  The lender is gathering information about your financial status to make a tentative decision about whether or not they will loan you money.  They will ask about your...