Housing at Colorado Mesa University

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It’s getting close to that time of year, thousands of students with parents in tow descend upon our town with one mission… finding housing. “For Rent” signs are popping up all around the downtown area. Call fast or they are gone.

Parents, there is another, much better, option!

Let’s pretend your student enrolled at CMU fall of 2013, rather than renting an apartment or paying for student housing you decided to buy a house close to the college. This way your student would have a place to live, you could charge their friends rent (that would more than cover your monthly payment) and when they graduated this year you get to decide if you want to sell it or continue to hold onto it as an investment.

In 2013 the average price of a house in Downtown Grand Junction was $144,695. In June of this year the average price of that same house was $185,302! That means in the time your student was attending college you would have made approx. $41,000 on your “student housing” investment!

Now is the time to begin your investment home search! Inventory is low. You still have time to close before their first day of classes!

Give us a call today to start the process! 970.414.0956

Selling your home and have pets?

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Selling your home when you have pets can come with some challenges. I am not only a pet owner but happen to be selling my home currently.  We love our furry little friends, but come on, let’s be honest, they throw a few more challenges in the mix when it comes to selling.  Here are a few tips I can give you to ease the process on you and FIDO.

BEFORE LISTING YOUR HOME

  1. Give your house a really good deep cleaning.  You want to remove traces of animal hair as well as animal odors.  This may be a good time to ask a good friend or even your listing agent if your home smells pet free.  Trust me – odors are a deal killer.  If you need to, hire a professional cleaning company to get the job done for you.
  2. Hide your pets belongings. Pick a drawer or buy a basket with lid to throw pet toys in.  Think about de-cluttering your spaces even when it comes to the dog/cat.  You can always get things out as needed but your home will show much nicer when items such as these are not sitting out to be seen.
  • Litter pans
  • Pet beds/blankets
  • Cat towers/trees
  • Pet toy bin/basket
  • Collars
  • Pet food
  • Pet dishes

     3. Clean up the outside of your home too! Okay this one is not rocket science…. make sure your yard doesn’t look like their potty pit-stop.  Enough said. Other considerations to make when selling your home with pets is the condition of your lawn and landscaping.  Many pets, such as a dog, make it a habit to dig holes in the yard or landscaping.  Make sure that you have filled any holes that your pet has made in the past.  These things may seem like small tasks but they can make a huge impact on a potential buyers outlook of your home.

4. Check for pet damage.

  • Scratched hardwood floors
  • Trim work around doors
  • Ripped screens
  • Kitchen cabinet doors
  • Lower trim work

     5. Don’t Restrict Showings Because Of Your Pets – Be Prepared!  One of the biggest mistakes a seller can make when selling their home is restricting the times it can be shown.  The primary reason why restricting the times your home can be shown can be detrimental is due to the fact that a buyer will not stop their home search because they cannot get into your home.  Make sure you have a plan of action in place in the event a showing day and time is requested that may not be convenient for you.  Here are a few ideas to reduce the stress of showings with FIDO or Mr. Whiskers…

  • Relocate your pet with a family or friend temporarily
  • Be available to remove your pets from the home during showings.  Consider taking a walk with them or taking them on a car ride.
  • If you have a well behaved pet another option may be to crate the animal during showing.  This is not our top choice but sometimes is the only option.

I hope these tips will help you in reducing the stress of selling and showing a home with pets.  Shoot us an email at info@mavesgroup if you have any questions or suggestions.

-Jillian

READY TO SELL?

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The simple truth is that homes with great curb appeal, that are very clean, well maintained, and have pleasing decor, sell faster and for more money than homes that don’t measure up.  We suggest working  your way through this checklist to be certain you are presenting your home in its best possible light.

Curb Appeal

  • Make sure your lawn is manicured.  Fill in bare spots in your lawn with grass seed, and eliminate as many weeds as possible.
  • Run the edger along the driveway and sidewalks for a clean line, and keep the driveway and walkways swept or hosed clean.
  • Trim all shrubbery, remove dead branches from trees, and remove/replace any old or dying bushes.
  • Thoroughly clean all your outdoor furniture, and touch up paint where needed.  Dress your patios/decks up with some fresh flowers now that they are clean and inviting.
  • Keep your front entryway super clean and freshly painted.  This includes the front porch, pillars, stairs, and door.  Once it is clean and painted, dress up the front door with a welcoming wreath or a new door knocker.  A potted plant or two also dresses up the entry and makes a great first impression.
  • Check that house numbers, mailbox and exterior lighting are all in good condition.
  • Thoroughly clean all windows and screens, and re-caulk or repaint where necessary.
  • Stand back at the street and take a good hard critical look at your property.  Do the roof, gutters, downspouts, siding, and chimney look good?  Would a good cleaning do them wonders?  Are repairs in order?  Get the cleaning, repainting, repointing and repairs done.

Garage

  • Get rid of items taking up space in your garage.  Buyers need to see that their cars will fit in the space.  If you can’t part with your belongings, rent a storage unit for a few months while your home is for sale and take everything there that you don’t need right now.
  • Thoroughly clean the walls, shelves and floor, and repaint where necessary.  It’s not difficult or expensive, but having a freshly painted garage floor leaves an amazing impression.
  • Ensure the garage door opener is working properly and put some WD40 on a squeaky door.  Oh, and make sure the garage door has been thoroughly cleaned and windows washed.

Kitchen

  • Determine whether you need small kitchen appliances, canisters and things that clutter up  countertops.  Put them away or pack them away.  You will have much more usable counter space and buyers will notice.
  • Sinks, appliances and counter tops should sparkle!  They should also be in good working order.  Fix any faucet leaks and replace any damaged appliance knobs.
  • If your cabinets are outdated, new hardware may make them look freshened up.  For a small amount of money you can add an ‘updated’ look to your tired old cabinets.
  • If you have ceramic tile,  thoroughly scrub all the grout, or paint the grout if it is beyond cleaning.  Home Depot sells a great grout pen that we recommend. Soft Scrub used with a stiff brush produces good results as well.  Professional cleaning may be in order.

Bathrooms

  • Thoroughly clean mirrors, glass, chrome and porcelain surfaces.  
  • Replace shower curtain and bathroom rug with something fresh and tasteful.
  • Fix any faucet leaks or drips.
  • Check the caulking around the tub and shower and replace with fresh caulking where necessary.  

Closets

  • Pack away all seasonal clothing.  Neatly store in boxes in the basement, garage or rent a storage facility.  Remember that closets are never “big enough”, and the least amount of items that are taking up space, the larger your closets look.
  • Organize your clothes and shoes neatly on bars and racks.  The more organized and clean and better!
  • Doors and drawers should open and close easily.  Make sure all tracks are clean and free of obstacles, and any squeaks are oiled.
  • Check all the basics around the house . . . all doors, windows and cabinets . . . to make sure they don’t stick, squeak or are loose, and that all the hardware is in good condition.
  • Apply fresh paint where needed.  If a room needs re-painted, use neutral-toned paint to brighten up the space. We can help you choose a color!
  • Carpets, draperies, and furniture should all be clean and looking their best.
  • Replace all burned out light bulbs.
  • Clean your furnace and water heater, and replace furnace filters as needed.  All buyers are looking at these things and are impressed by a home that shows good care and maintenance.
  • Does your home smell pleasant?  Place diffusers or air fresheners with a pleasant and mild scent around your home.  Vanilla is always a good choice!

Well, we hope this list is helpful in getting your home ready to sell. Give us a call and we’d love to assist you.  There’s truly a difference when you partner with the Maves Group! Let us show you why…

The Good Neighbor Next Door

Law enforcement officers, pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade teachers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians can contribute to community revitalization while becoming homeowners through HUD’s Good Neighbor Next Door Sales Program. HUD offers a substantial incentive in the form of a discount of 50% from the list price of the home. In return you must commit to live in the property for 36 months as your sole residence.

How the Program Works

Eligible Single Family homes located in revitalization areas are listed exclusively for sale through the Good Neighbor Next Door Sales program. Properties are available for purchase through the program for seven days.

How to Participate in Good Neighbor Next Door

Contact us to see the listings available in our state. 970.414.095 If more than one person submits an offer on a single home a selection will be made by random lottery. You must meet the requirements for a law enforcement officer, teacher, firefighter or emergency medical technician and comply with HUD’s regulations for the program.

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MOTIVATION MONDAY

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Let’s face it, Monday is a day most people dread because the weekend is over and work is staring you in the face.  But what if instead of dreading it, we looked at it like a challenge?  We have 5 days to set some great goals for success, whether it be work related, health or personal life.  Let’s tackle them and crush them.  Here are 8 great ways to stay motivated.

1. Start your day on a positive note. Look in the mirror every morning and compliment yourself. Whether it is your outfit or your attitude, self-assurance can go a long way. Speak goodness over your life. If you do not believe in yourself then you can’t expect others to, so start your day off on a positive and confident note!

2. Make a to-do list and check off your completed tasks. There is nothing new about this idea, but the stats are in and it works! To feel a sense of relief and accomplishment, jot down your daily to-do list at the beginning of the day and cross off each task once you have completed it.

3. Reward yourself. Treat yourself when you’ve achieved a goal. The reward can be as little as getting some ice cream, or as big as taking a vacation. Regardless of what it might be, knowing there is trophy at the end of the finish line will definitely make the race worth running.

4. Speak positive affirmations. Remember the saying, “I think I can, I think I can”? Although this saying comes from a children’s book, it serves a purpose for all of us. Repeating positive affirmations can have a powerful effect on the brain and can motivate you far past the task at hand.

5. Do what you can and let go of the rest. To state it simply, some things are in your control while other things are not. All you can do is your very best.  Focus on what you can control and let the rest go.

6. Check in with a friend. Ask a friend to share their tasks for the week with you and, in return, share your to-do list with them. Check in with them to see how they are coming along and have them do the same for you. Being accountable and encouraged can help you feel achieved and inspired.

7. Read, listen or watch things that are positive. There is a plethora of inspirational books and videos out there so surely there is one that fits your taste. From self-improvement to the “secrets” of successful people, if you are looking for a guide to make a change in your life or business.

8. Think about your accomplishments. You have done some remarkable things in your real lifehd-motivation_103422965_288.jpg that are worthy of being proud of. The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, make a list of all of the great things you have accomplished in your personal and professional lives and tell yourself another big victory is just around the corner. Attitude is everything!

Creative Ways to Save for Vacation

After posing a question to our Facebook friends if they preferred SNOW or SUN, we had an overwhelming response of straight up – B E A C H!  I guess the mountain folk have spoken… we love the ocean and sunshine!  Are you dreaming of your next (or first) trip to the surf and sun?  Check out these tips to help you achieve that goal!

beach-healing.jpg1. Open a Dedicated Savings Account

Ready, set, GO! If you are serious about planning that dream trip than put your money where you mouth is…  It’s much easier to achieve your  travel goals if you do it directly and methodically, rather than out of whatever is in your bank account when your travel date comes around.  Open a dedicated savings account.  This keeps you from mingling your regular accounts with your “trip money,” guaranteeing that the money you set aside for the trip is the money you actually spend. Using a single, dedicated account will also help you keep on budget during your trip, as the easiest way to know how much you are spending is to track the balance of your dedicated travel account. You can keep an eye on your balance as your trip progresses, and track the true cost of your trip without too much effort.

2. Set Up Automatic Transfers

Once you have a dedicated travel savings account set up, you have to fund it. Consider setting up an automatic transfer at a regular interval to do it for you. This is easy to set up and can really add up over time. A transfer of $20/week ($2.86/day) adds up to nearly $1040 by the end of a year. Look into package deals, and you can sometimes take a whole vacation for not much more than that. If you’ve set up a recurring direct deposit for your paycheck, often you can work with your employer to have your deposits split among multiple accounts.

3. The Trusty Change Jar

We’ve all seen “the change jar”  – either our parents had one when we were kids or we already have one of our own.  It’s pretty much the grown up piggy bank.  When I was a kid my parents would save change for the whole year until it was vacation time. You can accumulate a lot more than you think by this old school trick.  It only takes $1.37/day to end up saving $500 in a year. If you empty your pockets/purse everyday into the grown up piggy bank, the silver adds up fast.

4. GET RID OF IT…Directly into a Travel Fund

Sometimes we need motivation to have that garage sale, ebay those items etc. Everyone has these items sitting around and they just need the motivation to get it done.  How about jumping on that task and then putting all the proceeds directly into your travel account?

EASY, TANGIBLE WAYS TO SAVE….

5. Cut the coffee – Love your Starbucks? Well, Starbucks loves your money. Coffee is a daily expense that quietly drains your bank account without you ever noticing. The daily $5 coffee costs you $150 per month. That’s $1,800 per year! What’s more important: your daily cup of joe or spending more time on the beaches? Give up the brew drive-through on a daily basis and picture yourself living the good life on the beach for a week.

6. Get your cook on! – We all like to go out to a restaurant, but you can save so much money by cutting your eating out down to two times per week. Plan your meals in advance to make grocery shopping quick and easy and then you can also take the leftovers from dinner for lunch the next day, saving even more. Cooking can also be a lot of fun.  If you have children, you can get them involved and make memories.  Need a change up for date night? Cook a fun and creative meal at home together!

7. Get a new credit card – A travel credit card can give you free money, free rooms, or free flights. After accruing miles and rewards points with your card on everyday purchases, you can redeem them for free travel on your trip. Travel credit cards are a big weapon in a traveler’s arsenal. Most times you’ll even earn huge sign-up bonus when you get a new card. When used properly, these cards generate free money. Start early. As soon as you decide to travel the world, get a travel-related credit card and begin earning points on your daily purchases.

beach-wallpaper-4.jpgWant more great tips? Check out this great article by travelandleisure.com

Five big trends in home decor

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  1. Screen-free rooms: After a long day of using your smartphone and computer, it can feel amazing to come home and take a technology break. More and more, homeowners are creating specific screen-free rooms-perhaps a library, craft room, or listening room-where you can escape from technology for a while. We LOVE this idea!
  2. Upholstered headboards: What if you could feel like you were sleeping in a luxury hotel bed every night? The bedding and mattress are an important part of that experience, but so is the aesthetic and comfort of an upholstered headboard.
  3. Earth tones: Natural colors have become increasingly popular, especially deep greens. It’s a great way to bring some of nature’s colors indoors, whether as an accent wall, in blankets and pillows, or for furniture. We suggest starting with a neutral base and adding a splash of color to liven up your room.
  4. Black stainless steel: If you want a sleek, contemporary kitchen, black stainless steel is even more of a statement than traditional stainless steel.
  5. Patterned fabrics: While solid upholstery will never go out of style, patterns have become trendy of late. It’s an easy way to make a bold, eye-catching statement in your living space. We suggest one or two chairs to be patterned and stick with neutral for the rest of your room with the exception of a couple throw pillows.