Jason McLaughlin's Blog Posts

What Do I Need To Qualify For A Loan

Before you start searching for your new home, the first step is to speak with a lender anddetermine your budget. This is being pre-qualified for a loan. Once you find the right home,then your lender

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A Quick Understanding Of Foreclosures

Many home buyers see a foreclosure as an opportunity to find a great home for a bargain price. While foreclosures can offer some nice discounts, understanding how foreclosures work and how this

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How To Lower Closing Costs

Closing costs help facilitate the sale of a home and both buyers and sellerspitch in. Some closing costs can be paid before the home is officially soldand others are paid at the end. However,

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Living Room Design Trends

The living is room one of the most used rooms in your house and itsdecoration is essential to captivate those who step foot in it while alsostaying on trend. Read on to discover the latest trends in

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Yard Sale Sponsored By Sam Barnes Realty

Join us on May 4th from 9 am - 3 pm for the Annual WestLink at Oak Station Yard Sale where you will find great deals, food trucks, and other vendors. While you are there make sure to stop by and say

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The Great Main Sewer Line Debacle

Our family came home to sewage in our basement on Thursday evening. We started calling all kinds of agencies to help us and everyone gave us a 24-48 hour window when they could be out. I don't think

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Top 7 Tips For Hiring A Contractor

Regardless of whether your project is a simple bathroom remodel or a complete house renovation, the success or failure of the project will depend on the contractor you hire. Choosing the right

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Top Reasons You Need Your Own Agent When Buying New Construction

Have you ever walked into the model home showroom of a brand new housing development? There is nothing more exciting than the prospect of building a home from scratch and starting absolutely fresh

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The Internet Cant Replace Your Agent

We live in the information age; the Internet offers advice on every topic and real estate is no exception. With more and more home buyers starting their home search online, they are bombarded with

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Tips For Buying And Selling At The Same Time

Either buying or selling a home can be extremely stressful, it can be even more overwhelming if one is trying to do both at the same time. The good news is that this happens all the time and by

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Top 7 Winter DIY Projects

Winter months bring cold days and long nights. While you wait for the weather to warm up so you can get out into the garden, there are still plenty of great DIY projects to tackle, even in the.

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5 Ways To Organize In The New Year

Once the New Year arrives, thought turns to ways to improve our health, our finances and our schedules. Getting organized in one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions, along with losing weight

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Top 7 New Years Resolutions For Home Sellers

With the start of the New Year, thoughts naturally turn to change. If one of your New Year’sResolutions is to sell your home, then making the right resolutions can help you sell your homequickly

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10 Ways To Make A Small Bathroom Look Bigger

Small bathrooms don’t have to be dark and dank. Contrary to popular belief, making a small bathroom appear larger is not as hard as it seems. Here are 10 easy ways to quickly make a small bathroom

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Holiday Decor For Less

The holiday season is here. Decorating magazines and storefronts are filled with beautiful wreaths, themed pillows and festive decorations, but this can be expensive. Decking the halls doesn’t

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Selling During The Winter

Advantages of Selling a Home This Winter Home sellers and real estate agents often fear the winter months because it seems like a poor time to list. The truth is that winter can be a great time

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Thanksgiving Home Decor Ideas

Thanksgiving is the start of the holiday season. While the standard pumpkins and scented candles are a nice touch, there are so many other options for decorating a home for Thanksgiving.

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Where Are Home Values Headed Over The Next Few Years

There are many questions about where home prices will be next year as well as where they may be headed over the next several years to come. We have gathered the most reliable sources to

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Are You Spending TOO Much On Rent

Are You Spending TOO Much On Rent? Chances are if you are renting you are spending too much of your income on your monthly housing expense. There is a long-standing ‘rule’ that a

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Does It Feel Like Home Prices Are Going Down

Real Estate Market Trends Report | OCT. '18Housing inventory continues increasing despite typical seasonal decrease, home prices fall and sales of single-family homes priced over $500,000 drop in

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How Does The Supply Of Homes For Sale Impact Buyer Demand

The price of any item is determined by the supply of that item, as well as the market’s demand for it. The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) surveys “over 50,000

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Homeownership Is A Dominant Gene

There are many things that factor into the decision to buy a home. New research from the Urban Institute suggests that one of those things may be inherited from your parents

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FREE BBQ And Car Show Sponsored By Jason McLaughlin And Sam Barnes Realty

As we come to the end of summer many people have asked now what do we do? So I came up with an idea! How about I sponsor a car show, give out free food, bring in vendors, and watch the Denver

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Millionaire To Millennials Owning Your Home Can Help You Retire Sooner

In a CNBC article, self-made millionaire David Bach explained that: “Buying a home is the escalator to wealth in America. Homeownership can also help you retire early, that is, if

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Year One As A Realtor

Over the past few weeks, I have had a fair amount of people reach out to me asking how I was doing in Real Estate. Some were just curious about my progress others were thinking about getting into.

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Coming Soon Listing In Parker

Have you ever thought of having a beautiful home that looks at the mountains out your front window and the plains from the back? Well, you are in luck with this beautiful 5-bedroom, 3-bath home that

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What Does The Denver Broncos Have To Do With Real Estate

$23,000,000 1800 Triple Creek Ranch Road, Silverthorne, CO 80498This beautiful private luxury ranch sitting on approximately 255 acres is being sold in Summit County and a price of $23 million

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Homes More Affordable Today Than 1995 Through 2000

Rising home prices have many concerned that the average family will no longer be able to afford the most precious piece of the American Dream – their own home.However, it is not just the price of

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Why Should You Use A Professional To Sell Your Home

When homeowners decide to sell their houses, they obviously want to get the best possible price for their home with the least amount of hassles along the way. However, for

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4 Reasons Why Summer Is A Great Time To Buy A Home

Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting.1. Prices Will Continue to RiseCoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insights reports that home prices have

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Here Are The Most Obnoxiously Rich Suburbs Of Americas Biggest Cities

   BY RJ. WILSON   According to the 2015 U.S. World Wealth Report, America’s wealthiest citizens live in major metropolitan areas—no huge surprise there.

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3 Tips For Making Your Dream Of Owning A Home A Reality

Are you considering buying a home, then download your FREE Buyer's Guide. Or are you considering selling your home, if so, download your FREE Seller's Guide. Some Highlights

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What If I Wait Until Next Year To Buy A Home

We recently shared that national home prices have increased by 6.7% year-over-year. Over that same time period, interest rates have remained historically low which has allowed many buyers

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How Much Has Your Home Increased In Value Over The Last Year

Home values have risen dramatically over the last twelve months. In CoreLogic’s most recent Home Price Index Report, they revealed that national home prices have increased

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Are You Thinking About Buying A Home FREE BUYERS GUIDE

The process of buying a home can be overwhelming at times, but you don’t need to go through it alone.You may be wondering if now is a good time to buy a home…or if interest rates are projected

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NOT Owning Your Home Can Cost You A Lot Of Money

Owning a home has great financial benefits, yet many continue to rent! Today, let’s look at the financial reasons why owning a home of your own has been a part of the American Dream for as long as

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Competition Is Coming Are You Thinking Of Selling Your Home

The number of building permits issued for single-family homes is the best indicator of how many newly built homes will rise over the next few months. According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau

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Are Home Values Really Overinflated

Last week, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their most recent Existing Home Sales Report. According to the report: “The median existing-home price for all

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Whether You Rent Or Buy Either Way You Are Paying A Mortgage

There are some people who have not purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize, however, that unless you are living with your

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5 Reasons Homeowners Can Throw Better Super Bowl Parties

Highlights: Watching the big game at home with your friends & family offers many advantages. There’s more room to entertain a large crowd and you don’t have to worry about complaints to your

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Things To Consider When Buying A Home

The process of buying a home can be overwhelming at times, but you don’t need to go through it alone.You may be wondering if now is a good time to buy a home…or if interest rates are projected

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Buying Or Selling In 2018

5 Reasons to Resolve to Hire a Pro Some Highlights: As we usher in the new year, one thing is for certain… if you plan to buy or sell a house this year, you need a real estate professional

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1144 Fifteenth Birth Of A Denver Icon

Stunning views from the upper floors of 1144 Fifteenth abound, but the view from the 39th floor terraces are truly breathtaking. Looking northwest, you see the Pepsi Center, Elitch Gardens and miles

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Sellers Your Home Is An Oasis In An Inventory Desert

First-time homebuyers are flocking to the real estate market by the thousands to find their dream homes in order to make their dreams of homeownership a reality. Unfortunately for many, the

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The Real Reason Home Prices Are Increasing

There are many unsubstantiated theories as to why home values are continuing to increase. From those who are worried that lending standards are again becoming too lenient (data shows this is

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Denver Home Inventory Takes A Scary Dip In October

Lack of supply pushes up prices and slows salesBy ALDO SVALDI|asvaldi@denverpost.com| The Denver Post PUBLISHED:November 3, 2017 at 6:00 am UPDATED: November 3, 2017 at 1:28 pmMetro

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Denver Apartment Rents Experts Dont Agree On Much

EnlargeDenver apartment rents: Are they going up month-to-month and year-over-year, or are they going down? KARAGRUBIS IN THIS ARTICLE Residential Real EstateIndustry

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A New Way Of Looking At Castle Pines Lennar Has Four Attractive Models Open Offering An Easier Commu

Two collections of family-sized homes, with prices from the mid-$550s, showcase the builder’s ‘Everything’s Included’ finishes package By MARK SAMUELSON|October 27, 2017 at 9:13 am

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9 Real Life Haunted Places In Colorado

By Vanessa RichettiThe ghost town of St. Elmo [Photo: Scott Peterson]Halloween is a magically spooky time in Colorado—colorful leaves abound, a cold crisp in the air, and plenty of century-old

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8 Tips For Adding Curb Appeal And Value To Your Home

By: Pat CurryPublished: February 18, 2011Here are eight ways to help your home put its best face forward.Homes with high curb appeal command higher prices and take less time to sell. We’re

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Metro Denver Housing Market Remains Tight

By Ben Miller – Contributing WriterSep 18, 2017, 6:49am UpdatedSep 19, 2017, 13:10pmMetro Denver remains one of the tightest residential real estate markets in the country,

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Denver Housing Market A Tale Of Two Cities

How will our conflicted, unbalanced landscape – that happens to be booming – shake out?BY MATTHEW LEPRINOPublished:2017.09.20 10:33 PMLike Charles Dickens’ fabled tale, Denver’s

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9 Home Buying Costs Veterans And Active Military Should Keep In Mind

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Whats Up With Those Famous Fixer Upper Homes Now

By Lisa Johnson Mandell | Sep 27, 2017It's still kind of hard to take in: The wildly popular HGTV series "Fixer Upper" will be ending soon. Yes, just as it 

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3 Things Real Estate Apps Commonly Get Wrong

By Lighter Side Staff  |  Listing sites like Zillow, Trulia, Redfin, and Craigslist have become the go-to source for many buyers and sellers (particularly people attempting to

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What 750000 Can Buy You In Todays Metro Denver Housing Market

Several new housing developments are popping up in metro Denver communities, and they're offering homes right at that $750,000 price point.For around that mark, for example, you can buy a brand-new,

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Denver Rents Up Another 3 Percent Over Last 12 Months Well Above National Average

By JOE RUBINO | jrubino@denverpost.com | The Denver Post PUBLISHED: September 1, 2017 at 7:18 am | UPDATED: September 1, 2017 at 10:48 am  It is 3 percent

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Why Is Denvers Housing Market Still On Fire Supply And Demand

BY BEN MARKUS APR 10, 2017 (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) It's spring. The days are longer. The daffodils are and cherry blossoms are blooming. And real estate agents are about to get a whole

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Denver Real Estate Market Statistics 2017 April

Denver real estate market statistics: How much does a home cost in Denver? How long does it take to sell a home in Denver? How fast are home prices rising in Denver? All this and more answered below

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Is Home Staging Worth The Cost

You're already paying to fix up your home in preparation for sale. Is it worth paying a home stager too?By Ilona Bray, J.D. Twenty years ago, nobody worried about "staging" their home before

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Everything You Know About Denvers Real Estate Market Is Wrong

Well, maybe not everything. But thanks to scant housing inventory, massive population growth, and still-low interest rates, buying or selling a home in—or even near—the Mile High City means

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LIV Sothebys International Realty Reports Denver And Boulder Metro Home Sales Rise Year Over Year In

Posted on August 18, 2017 by Brittanny Havard in Buying and Selling Tips, Colorado Real Estate, Denver Real Estate, In the News, Market Report As days of

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Home Prices Are Sky High But Mortgages Are Still Cheap

by Kathryn Vasel  @KathrynVaselJune 23, 2017: 10:31 AM ET Real estate is crazy expensive. The median existing home price climbed to $252,800 in May, according to the National

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5 Steps To Take Before Shopping For Your First Home

Published August 13, 2017 Markets Motley Fool When you're considering buying your first home, you're probably full of excitement about achieving the American dream. Unfortunately,

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