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Did you Know…….?

The price of gold on the day of the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games 8/8/08 was $857.80 an ounce. The day of the opening ceremonies in London the price of gold was $1,617.90. – BTN Research
Housing starts climbed to an annually adjusted 760,000 in July. – Commerce Department
That is a 37% increase from 2009’s 554,000 housing starts. – Treasury Department
It is still way below the 1.1 million housing starts needed to just keep up with our growing population. – Mortgage Daily News
32% of homes are owned free and clear. – Federal Reserve
24% of home owner’s with a mortgage are underwater. – Federal Reserve
In 1880 72% of Americans lived on farms. In 1920 that number dropped to 50%. Today just 2% of Americans live on farms. – Social Security and the EPA
1% of the population accounts for 21.8% of all health care expenditures. 5% of the population accounts for 49.5% of all health care expenditures. – National Institute for Health Care Management
The average American aged 65 or older makes 8 visits per year to a doctor, a hospital and/or an emergency room, that’s once every 1 ½ months. – Center for Disease Control
The cost of living in the US increased by 25% in the decade of the 50s, 28% in the 60s, 103% in the 70s, 64% in the 80s, 33% in the 90s and 28% in 00s. – Department of Labor

Michael is a longtime resident of Boulder and has been in real estate since the mid 90′s and with Sotheby’s International Realty since their inception in Boulder County and along the front range. About Me If you have questions regarding this article or would like information about Boulder real estate not yet on the market, call me or Boulder Luxury Real Estate check out my website. You may also call or TEXT me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes

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Happy in Boulder

Boulder is one of the happiest places in the world. If happiness is a choice, is it not true that Boulder is just tolerant of different lifestyles and lets people be who they truly are and want to be in their lives thus allowing them to more readily choose happy?

I choose happy most the time and can usually pull myself out of a funk by not taking it personally. Taking it on my role side not my Identity side works very well, when I remember. I am human of course and will sometimes revert to familiar patterns.

The only key I see left out here is purpose. Without purpose there is no GREAT DREAM. Choose happy it’s better there.

Michael is a longtime resident of Boulder and has been in real estate since the mid 90s and with Sotheby’s International Realty since their inception in Boulder County and along the front range. About Me If you have questions regarding this article or would like information about Boulder real estate or Boulder Luxury Real Estate check out my website. You may also call or TEXT me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes

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12 Great Reasons To Sell Your Boulder Real Estate In 2012

  1. The Denver/Boulder area is the #1 place to invest in real estate. Boulder real estate being the tops. View the video from CEO-Greg Rand-OwnAmerica.com
  2. The average rate on a 30 year fixed mortgage has dropped significantly to a low 3.87%.—Associated Press
  3.  The Denver /Boulder real estate home inventory has not been this low since 1999.—Denver Metro Association of Realtors
  4. The number of homes on the market dropped some 30% in November from a year earlier, likely the greatest year-over-year drop in metro area’s history—Inside Real Estate News
  5. Dow at a 4 year high; Nasdaq hits 11 year high—CNN Money.com 2/3/2012
  6. Boulders apartment vacancy rate hit its lowest fourth-quarter level in over a decade at the end of 2011—Denver Post
  7. Inventory available of single family homes in Boulder County in February, 2012 is 69% lower than at the same time 2 years ago; meanwhile luxury home inventory is down 42% in the Boulder area—Inside Real Estate News
  8. Denver/Boulders median list price is higher than the national average—Realtor.com
  9. The Denver/Boulder area has the lowest average days on market of 146 national statistical metro areas—Inside Real Estate News
  10. Denver/Boulder area ranked #1 by Case-Shiller Index and S & P
  11. Denver/Boulder’s population will grow at a faster-than-average rate in 2012, and combined with a tight inventory of existing homes and job growth will boost housing construction—Denver Metro EDC
  12. Low interest rates + low home inventory = Highest price for your Boulder Real Estate.

Low Interest Rates + Low Home Inventory = Highest Price For Your Boulder Real Estate

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in the coming year, allow me to extend my full range of premium services toward your real estate success.

Call 303-359-6627 or visit Boulder Real Estate

Michael grew up near Santa Fe and is a longtime resident of Boulderand has been with Sotheby’s International Realty since their inception in Boulder County and along the front range. About Me If you have questions regarding this article or would like information about Boulder real estate or Boulder Luxury Real Estate check out my website. You may also call or TEXT me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes

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Jobs Equal Healthy Boulder Real Estate

Boulder County is the most educated county in United States. There’s a high percentage of highly intelligent residents, which is its greatest asset for attracting and retaining strong employers and employees. Boulder real estate is healthy, a sure sign of good times coming. It’s all about jobs. Strong jobs equal strong Boulder real estate.

Numerous high tech businesses in the Boulder Valley Corridor are starting to hire. When I asked a local head hunter if there were going to be a lot of out of town people coming in she said “there seems to be a robust amount of talent available in the area right now.” Of course as time goes by the tech area will need more and more talent to feed the demand.

Many high schools in Boulder County offer special programs such as Skyline High School in Longmont that offers the Scientific Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program, a magnet component that prepares students to excel in science and math related fields. Also with the onset of the International Baccalaureate Program in numerous schools in the Boulder Valley; Boulder schools could help “grow” their own work force and provide opportunities for our children’s future by implementing similar programs in all schools.

Boulder offers a quality of life that attracts and keeps people here. It’s a life that can’t be beat. We love our Boulder real estate and we often come up on lists for a very high quality of life. A lifestyle robust in fitness, with running trails right out our office door,  world class organic food, home grown brews, entertainment, high intelligence, happy people, entrepreneur heaven, skiing and snowshoeing nearby, dog friendly areas and many opportunities to enhance our lifestyle.

Michael grew up near Santa Fe and is a longtime resident of Boulder and has been with Sotheby’s International Realty since their inception in Boulder County and along the front range.  If you have questions regarding this article or would like information about Boulder real estate or Boulder Luxury Real Estate check out my website. You may also call or TEXT me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes is a (CNE) Certified Negotiation Expert and full time Realtor at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in Boulder, CO. What’s your lifestyle? I take great pride in my in-depth knowledge of Colorado luxury home market trends, research-based pricing strategies, having a powerful network of qualified luxury home buyers, first-hand Boulder real estate insight and proven 16 year track record of selling unique Denver and Boulder luxury real estate.

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Boulder Real Estate

Posted by Michael Hughes

The summer heat permeates my being and my morning runs. I think about what was over there, years ago or what has changed in Boulder. Here,  historically the lowest interest rates & home prices Boulder has ever seen, make now the best time ever to buy. Opportunities available today will not last forever… Much like the stock market you can’t choose the bottom however if the bottom has not already occurred it is near it. John Paulson has repeated over and over ‘buy.’ Who is JP? He is the hedge fund leader who anticipated the coming collapse of the subprime mortgages, shorted them and several billion dollars later he has evolved as the pinnacle of wisdom on housing and mortgages and timing.

I remember coming to Boulder in the late 70’s and thinking how outrageous I thought it was to have to pay $189,000 for 5 acres and a 2400sf ranch surrounded by open space. Brilliant? No. Time after time real estate in Boulder has proven to be a great investment. It is a time tested theory and over time it will test out again and again and again. As long as you’re not using your house as an ATM utilizing HELOC’s or refinancing and removing equity every other year you’re, if not already, going to be golden. Boulder real estate, stronger than ever and becoming more and more extraordinary every day.

Michael is a longtime resident of Boulder and one of FSIR’s most successful Realtors with Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty. If you have questions regarding this article any of the neighborhoods or have any questions about Boulder or would like information about Boulder real estate or Boulder Luxury Real Estate check out my website. You may also call or TEXT me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes is a Certified Negotiation Expert and full time Realtor at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in Boulder, CO. 

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Boulder Real Estate-Listing Agent

When choosing a listing agent you should choose the one that best meshes with your personality. Someone you like and trust.

  1. How much? Ask potential agents how much they think they can sell your home for. If two agents say $700,000 and the third says $800,000, think hard. It’s likely the high bid is an exaggeration to attract your business. Also it may be someone new to the business. In the trade it’s known as buying a listing. In the end, you’ll be the one who pays because the high price will have you chasing the market not leading it. Also a great question. What is the Absorption Rate for my neighborhood. In other words how many months of inventory is on the market in my price range and how long will it take to be absorbed if it is priced properly. This will help you understand where the market is headed.
  2. How will you market it? I have numerous ways in which to get the property into the collective consciousness of buyers wanting to buy in your neighborhood. I will also talk about what kinds of people are the most likely buyers and how I will reach out to those specific people. I will show you my marketing plan tailored to your property.
  3. How has your business changed in the last five years? Can you say wired to the teeth. Smart phones, e-blasts, twitter, linked in, numerous syndicated websites. Exposure, exposure, exposure! At Sotheby’s International Realty-Boulder this has brought in numerous international buyers.
  4. Tell me how your last two deals surprised you? I have great success stories and would love to tell you more about these.
  5. How many people are you selling homes for right now and what are you doing for them? It may not be a bad thing that a high-powered agent is juggling 15 homes, but don’t expect him/her to give you personal service, although their assistant should be attentive, you may end up dealing with someone new each time. On the other hand, be wary of an agent with no other customers because they may lack experience and contacts.
  6. What do you expect of me? A good agent will have expectations. They may want you to leave and take the dog when the house is shown, paint the garage, use their stager, move some furniture around and scrub the tile in the bathroom. It shows that they can think like a buyer and that’s a good thing.
  7. What advice would you have for me if I get an offer from a buyer who wants to use an FHA loan? It wasn’t very long ago when the right answer might be run the other way, but these days government-guaranteed financing from the Federal Housing Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs and state and locally managed loan assistance programs can be key to selling a property. Real estate agents shouldn’t be pushing buyers toward their favorite lenders, but they should be able to help them and you wade through complex financing issues.
  8. What’s your fee?  My price of doing business.
  9. Can I talk to one of your previous clients? I have a list of previous clients upon request.

Michael grew up around Santa Fe and is a longtime resident of Boulder and has been with Sotheby’s International Realty since their inception in Boulder County and along the front range.  If you have questions regarding this article or would like information about Boulder real estate or Boulder Luxury Real Estate check out my website. You may also call or TEXT me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes is a Certified Negotiation Expert and full time Realtor at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in Boulder, CO.

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Boulder Real Estate-Buyers Agent

Posted by Michael Hughes

Who I am as a Buyers Agent

1. Honesty and Credibility-You will feel comfortable with me because I will always tell you the truth. I will never sugar coat it. Truth! I will not push you toward undue increases in the amount you wish to spend, however I will help to educate you to how much you can get for your money. I will always tell you the truth. It is your purchase and I can negotiate the pants off any other agent in the business.

2. Area Familiarity-I sell Boulder real estate in neighborhoods all over Boulder County. I know about the schools, local parks, local events, restaurants and the many things that make that neighborhood unique.

3. Good Follow Through-I will always do what I say whether you prefer e-mail, calling or face to face meetings. My buyers know, like and trust me because I always follow through with what I say. I walk the talk.

4. Organization-Having been in business since 1996 I have systems in place and am extremely organized. Which will help you and keep you from redundant tasks.

5. Good Listener-You are human and unique. No two buyers are alike, I do not judge, I do as you wish, find you what you want and never assume anything. That is why I ask a lot of questions to really understand what you want, who you are, your lifestyle, your needs and what you are looking for.

6. References or Testimonials-Upon request.

If you have any questions, would like to comment or need help buying Boulder Real Estate or if you are interested in Listing your Boulder Real Estate please, TEXT, call or email me. You can also visit me at my Website. Thanks for reading. Michael Hughes at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty-Boulder, CO

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