Stephanie Sawin's Blog Posts

Why wouldn't you want to pay off your mortgage faster??

Your personal residence is usually one of the biggest purchases you'll make in your lifetime (sometimes it shouldn't be or doesn't have to be, but that's another blog).Image from asianage.comIt may

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Does baby Yoda adorn your mantle?

Because he's on ours year round!This is our current "Fall" mantle...I think I could use some ideas for the upcoming holiday...What about you?This is one of my favs!Mine will most likely end up with

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The Chef in Me

Would you believe that Realtor wasn't my first option for schooling post high school??? (I'm super impressed for those who do choose this option.  The sooner you can start your business the

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Self Storage...Where the Dream Started

Long ago (not so long), but at an early age in our marriage, pillow talk consisted of dreams of one day owning self storage.  Mitchell subscribed to a self storage magazine. I'm pretty sure he

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The Home Trends that are Trending for 2022

Are you always on the lookout for what is trending and maybe how you should update your home??  Yup!  Me too!Luckily, these trends correspond with new construction or are not as drastic as

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A quick lunchbreak watch

Love me some Brandon Turner!  Just started watching, instead of listening, and man that guy is all hands!  A little bit of a deeper look into real esate investing.  Thoughts,??

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The "Anti-Trend"

I couldn't not click on the link to this article...and behold!!!  The first couple of sentences pretty much describe me.Are you into the latest home trends, but worried about spending money on

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You don't know what you don't know...

10 quick interesting, fun or just facts about me :)https://youtube.com/shorts/sXfQ8l10NYs?feature=shareDouglas County Real Estate - Greater Than Group, EXIT Realty DTC. Stephanie and Mitchell Sawin

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Why is everyone talking about the Zillow iBuyer program?

I have to say I was trying very hard to keep my mouth shut since sooooo many people (or maybe just us Realtors) are, were, stilll discussing the Zillow iBuyer program.  Image from

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Thinking about painting before you sell?

Are you that person that asks for a professional's advice before making a huge decision?If you answered "yes"  GO YOU!!! You rock!  This isn't only about paint.  I like to dig a

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When is the market going to crash?

Image from finance.yahoo.comA question I get asked quite often, that is a very hard question to answer.There are a few of us (or more)  that have been sitting on the sidelines for quite a few

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Pets in short terms rentals?

Yes!!  I would love to be able to stay in a place that fits our family and our dog!  No!!! I'm not sure I want a pet in my short term rental...hmmmm...Douglas County Real Estate - Greater

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Is housing becoming more affordable?

According to NAR (National Associations of Realtors) "For the second month in a row, national housing affordability improved in August."  What does this mean and will it change things (you know

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Short Term Rental-3 Things that do Not add Value

Thinking about getting into the short term rental market??? Yup, me too!  Things got a little scary during the shut down, but here's a few good tips on what to look out for when deciding if

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Colorado and Your Dog

Meet our pandemic Houston ice storms puppy!  We lost both of our dogs a few months apart, but they were with us pre babies and had a good life.  My husband and the kids were talking about

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"The Best and Worst Cities for Home Flipping"

There's a certain amount of glamour that a special kind of people see when it comes to flipping...there's nothing dreamier than digusting carpet, pealing wallpaper and a backed-up toilet (insert not

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The Property Brothers...Love or don't love?

Are they a dynamic duo or an act that just seems to repeat??? (insert thought bubbles)...Some of you have already answered and moved on and some of you are pondering how can this even be a!!?

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What's a "Zoom City?"

My attention was caught at "Zoom City."  What in the hek is a Zoom City???Can you guess which Zoom City this is?  It's right here in Colorado!According to Realtor.com, Zoom Cities are

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Most Popular Types of Halloween Candy or Items

Are you stocked up yet?  Or do you wait until the last minute so you're not tempted to eat all of the candy before Halloween night?Image from youtube.comDo you even give away candy?  Or

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Step into the History and Making of Castle Rock, Colorado

Long time resident, Barb Larson, gives us a glimpse into Castle Rock's past...Douglas County Real Estate - Greater Than Group, EXIT Realty DTC. Stephanie and Mitchell Sawin focus on mentoring

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"#1 Ways to Start Investing in Your 20s"

$2,000 a year for 10 years??  Not too bad...need help??  Let's talk!Douglas County Real Estate - Greater Than Group, EXIT Realty DTC. Stephanie and Mitchell Sawin focus on mentoring

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The Sober House-A different type of investment property

Have you ever wanted to invest in real estate, but wanted to do something different than a traditional flip or rental? Image from alghruairgiga.comWhat is a sober house?  It's exactly what

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Who Actually Likes Moving?

Do you like moving?  It's not my favorite thing in the world.  It's a lot of work, it's stressful, and it can be very expensive...However, a big fat check after the sale of your house in

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The Kitchen Island and all it's Glory

The kitchen island is something most of us want and a few of us have. Do you have a giant kitchen island that everyone gather's around?  If so, how do you reach all the way across into the

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Solar-Is it right for you and your home?

Douglas County Real Estate - Greater Than Group, EXIT Realty DTC. Stephanie and Mitchell Sawin focus on mentoring clients beyond the bounds of real estate. Helping people in Castle Rock and

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Regrets of Home Buyers

Standing on your new-to-you front lawn realizing you don't own a lawn mower? Or maybe you're sitting there in your apartment wondering why you didn't decide to purchase a property?We've all had

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"...Is it cheaper to buy or build?"

There was a time, pre pandemic, where it was a wise choice to purchase a home from the bottom up.  As a buyer you could avoid bidding wars, get exactly what you wanted and still do this at a

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The Rise of Home Prices, a Longer Tale then you might think...

Here in Colorado, praticularly Denver metro we are starting to see a bit of a shift (call or text me for details).Just last night I was thinking to myself that when we bought our home, the market

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Lender Paid Mortgage Insurance

"What is lender paid mortgage insurance..."  What is mortgage insurance?  This has been the question for a good part of the last decade, and it's a good one.Image from getwallpapers

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The Biggest Home Organization Mistakes

Why are you reading a real estate agent's blog about home organization?  For one, I need this (organization, not this closet) in my life...My actual hall closet.  Which has been featured

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Being a Contractor and Being a Woman

Douglas County Real Estate - Greater Than Group, EXIT Realty DTC. Stephanie and Mitchell Sawin focus on mentoring clients beyond the bounds of real estate. Helping people in Castle Rock and

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Making Homes and Making Babies

Douglas County Real Estate - Greater Than Group, EXIT Realty DTC. Stephanie and Mitchell Sawin focus on mentoring clients beyond the bounds of real estate. Helping people in Castle Rock and

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New Construction Ready in Castle Rock

Have you dreamed of purchasing a beuatifully newly constructed home, but just can't get past that lengthy timeline???Image from youtube.comBuilding a new construction home is a process and can take

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Upgrades...What's worth it and what isn't?

You:  "Stephanie, I want to do this, this and this to my home.  What kind of return will I get?"Me: "How long do you plan on living in this house?"That is always the first question that I

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Meow Wolf Comes to Denver!

I have to admit a I had no idea what Meow Wolf was until I took a wonderful trip to Santa Fe.  One of my awesome brother-in-laws took us to the orignal Meow Wolf.Fast forward a few years later,

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This Week's Oldest Home on the Market

Ever wonder what the oldest home on the market looks like?  How about where it's located?How about how old is it???"Lewis-Adams House" was built in 1720 in Maine!  I really hope one day

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Taking Care of your home and body with Essential Wellness Connections

Douglas County Real Estate - Greater Than Group, EXIT Realty DTC. Stephanie and Mitchell Sawin focus on mentoring clients beyond the bounds of real estate. Helping people in Castle Rock and

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Castle Rock Daddy Daughter Ball

Did you miss your favorite event of 2020!??  Worry not, the Castle Rock Daddy Daughter Ball is back, THIS MONTH, and it's being held outdoors!thank you istockphoto.comHere's the info from the

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Denver Landlord Rental License

What the hek is that and what does it mean? Believe it our not, tenants and landlords were both in favor of NOT having this law passed!  I love that they're agreeing on things, but the

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Greater Than Group Podcast: Local Graphic Designer, Amanda

Cut my head off a little, but good times were still had!  The podcast can be viewed in multiple areas including Facebook.  Thank you Amanda, I had a!

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"Is the housing boom over?"

This is a question that I get asked on a daily basis.  I give the same answer.  "Its feel like things are slowing down...  Things naturally slow down when school starts...but you

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Bathroom Item Maintenance

Do you ever read something, and then wish you hadn't?  Yup, that's this article!  But, it is also an article you can't stop reading because you're wondering what's coming next!Image from

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Quick Updates for a Happy Kitchen

Are you standing at the sink doing dishes loathing the space you're in?  Maybe you're spinning in circles trying to prep?  Are you digging through the pantry trying to find something

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The Economy and What's Ahead

Check out the amount of cash that's being printed! :0Enough said/pictured!!??Just like the article, this blog is short and sweet.  Sometimes images speak louder than words...Douglas County Real

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Reasons for Rents Increasing

As most of you know I'm a huge Bigger Pockets fan!  This quick video gives a few reasons why rent keeps on climbing (for some of you this is good and for some of you this is bad). Stay tuned

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Just in case you didn't know...Five 2021 Real Estate Facts

Not everyone lives, breathes, eats and regurgitates real estate all day long (guilty).  If you need a quick few facts about this year's market, this is the blog post you should be reading..

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The Lumber Shortage and You

If you haven't heard by now, the cost of lumber went crazy due to shutdowns during the pandemic.  Prices have been decreasing and are starting to normalize...How does this effect real estate

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"...17% year-over-year..."

That's right home prices have increased 17% over the last year!  That's the highest it has ever been ever, meaning since the beginning of the Freddie Mac House Price Index in 1975.  Higher

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The Investing Quadrant

Everyone is a little different ("Imperfections are what make people unique" said by a friend of mine way back when).  That means your investment style and plans are also going to be unique.;

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A unique Twist on AirBnBing

The idea of owning a short term rental (AirBnB is the name brand ;) just sounds amazingly awesome!  But, there might be some of you out there who are thinking..."I can't afford to buy a

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Castle Rock and Smart Irragation

As most of you know, I am a huge fan of Castle Rock's Water Wiser program.  This amazing programs takes only a few hours of your time and teaches you how to be a more friendly and conscience

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The "Great Resignation"

Now, I think we can agree there is a labor shortage for sure throughout, but this is my first time hearing about the "Great Resignation..."Basically, a massive job change!  It seems COVID gave

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Quality of Life-Castle Rock, CO

It's pretty cool when your town puts together an article outlining what it takes to make our town as awesome as it is!Let's back track a little bit...Castle Rock was established in 1874, became the

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Lighting and why it's important

When you have a spouse that immediately notices the lighting in every space you enter, you begin to realize just how important lighting is.Image from luxdeco.comLighting is super important inside

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Castle Rock Summer Events-July

If you read my last blog, you'll know about the importance of taking a second glance at the "junk" mail.  This ended up in the keep pile too!It's sideways, but you get the gist.Castle Rock's

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Sometimes good can come from reading that junk mail...

Would I love for you to take a second and read the postcard with my face on it??? Absolutely!  But that's not what I'm talking about...This particular piece of junk mail caught my eye.  It

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The Solution... building more affordable Homes

This sounds like a wonderful idea, but how is it going to be done?*Side note:  It has been a long term dream of mine to build affordable, commutable, off grid tiny home developement ;)Luckily

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The Organized Home

Have you been secretly cringing at what is behind those closed closet doors?  Do you open your pantry and let out a big puff of air and silently give up?  Does the "stuff" in your home

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Inventory in a snapshot

The housing market is nuts right now, and if you want to know why here it is!  I received this from an amazing wealth management friend of mine (shout out to Craig Emerson)!This just about sums

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The Coffee Bar

Yes!  I am thankful too for my morning cup of coffee, and to pinterest.com for providing this awesome photo!Every kitchen deserves a beautiful coffee (or tea or booze or water, whatever you

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Are you in need of repair? The average home is :)

The average homes across the U.S. are becoming middle aged.  Just in case we haven't seen enough weird surges lately (computer chips for cars, lumber...), there's about to be a huge remodel

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Castle Rock, Colorado Latest Market Stats

In case you missed it...the housing market is incredible right now for sellers!For more info about how much your house might sell for contact us!Douglas County Real Estate - Greater Than Group, EXIT

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The Latest Backyard Trends

I don't know about you , but I was outside yesterday getting my mow on and breaking apart some old edging that was ready for the trash (wooo yard clean up)!  I could definitely use some "cool

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The Effect of the End of the Eviction Moratorium

Some of us may have not even remembered that this happened unless we were directly effected by it.  It's hard to believe that so much time has passed and now it's coming to an end... What do

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Castle Rock June Events

Are you excited about all the summer events happening???  The Sawin household is for sure!  Tonight we'll be attending first Friday at Festival Park!  Check out everything else Castle

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The Housing Market Over the Past 50 Years

Did you know the home ownership rate actually climbed during the pandemic???  (Is it even over yet...I'm not sure, but that's for another blog)  That's a pretty spectacular stat

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The Realtor Mom, Wife, Business Partner in Summer

It’s been awhile...and it’s a beautiful life! School is officially over, and the husband has officially had his first closing as a Realtor! As a real estate family, there has

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Castle Rock Parks and Rec Update

The Rec guide is back!  Have you recently been missing the awesome guide from the town that has all the classes and events happening??? Well...it’s back!!! And should be in your mail

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Lumber Prices and Real Estate

If you frequent the Greater Than Group FB page, you may have seen a pretty cool infographic that depics the effect of sky rocketing lumber prices...Here it is again just in case :)Pretty crazy!?

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The Benefits of Knock

Benefits of Buying before SellingNeed I say more...Douglas County Real Estate - Greater Than Group, EXIT Realty DTC. Stephanie and Mitchell Sawin focus on mentoring clients beyond the bounds of real

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When should you start watering Colorado?

For those of you currently living in the Denver metro area, we have be awarded some good rain and snow storms this May.  Although, it may not seem like spring the extra water has kept the grass

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Knock knock...who's there...buy before you sell!?

The wonderful brokerage that helps support my business has recently introduced me to a company complete with certifacation training that allows YOU to purchase your next home before selling the

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Castle Rock Watering Schedule

Hard to believe this is being posted while it's raining and a forecast of some snow...in May!  But, you gotta love Colorado Spring.  It took some time, but I've come to appreciate the

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Hot Springs Anyone??

The husband and I were recently trying to figure out what we want to do for our anniversay...The kids will be camping with Grandma and Auntie, so we'll have the whole weekend to ourselves.  The

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The Musts Eats and Drinks in Denver

Are you constantly looking for something new and fun to do in your home town/city?  As summer approaches, I'm always on the lookout for fun little quick trips I can do with or without the kids,

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Financial Education, Break the Cycle

"...40% of Americans surveyed did not have enough cash on hand to cover a $400 emergency."  Jaw-dropping...  ...  ...I'm kind of at a loss for words after reading that line, but let's

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Rain barrel obsession and garden lover?? Got you covered!

Sitting and pondering about what you're going to plant in the garden this year?  Maybe some root veggies, lettuce varieties or some fresh herbs...maybe, like me, you don't have the ideal garden

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Colorado Summer Day Trip

How do you feel about hiking?  How do you feel about dinosaurs?  Put the 2 together, and you'll have a fun filled day in Colorado!I have been in Colorado for 11 years and every year I

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The House Always Wins

In this market...pun intended.  If you've recently taken a gander into the buying and selling world of the beatiful state of Colorado, you know the market is crazy!!I spent the weekend, mostly

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March Stats

Take a look at the Stats pulled today!  Make sure to call Greater Than Group with questions!The StatsDouglas County Real Estate - Greater Than Group, EXIT Realty DTC. Stephanie and Mitchell

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Buy and Hold...your breathe, hands...What the hek does that mean?

Well, I'm glad you asked!  This is a term used in the wonderful world of real estate when buying an investment and holding onto it rather than flipping it and selling it right away.  Why

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A Google top search last month..."When is the market going to crash?"

Ironically this image is from forbes.com lolWhen asked this questioned, and it happens very often,  my best answer is when you look at the historical data and trends we are overdue for a market

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New Listing Sneak Peak!

Can you believe it??? A home is hitting the market!  Yay!  Hope you enjoyed the sneak peak!Douglas County Real Estate - Greater Than Group, EXIT Realty DTC. Stephanie and Mitchell Sawin

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Castle Rock 2021 Road Construction

Spring is in the air, and it's so exciting to feel that tiny bit of warmth one week before getting a smack down of snow the next!  When we first moved here Colorado Spring drove me crazy, but

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"...see the hidden value and know how to extract it..."

Think about an orange.  It has this rough thick skin that tastes pretty bad when you eat it (don't eat it), but slice open and squeeze out sweet refreshing juice.  Picture from 123rf

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March Market Updates

Check out what's happened in Denver metro from March 2020 to March 2021 :0Douglas County Real Estate - Greater Than Group, EXIT Realty DTC. Stephanie and Mitchell Sawin focus on mentoring clients

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"Which Cities Saw the Most Rent Growth in 2020?"

Let's just admit we're all reading this to see if our city is on the list...?  Yup, me too!  Not only does it feel like the not so small town of Castle Rock has been growing ever since we

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The Home Remodel Plan

This plan can look different for everyone, but have a plan before you start putting holes in walls, and you'll be in good shape!Image from planradar.comNot sure where to start?  Make sure you

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The College Savings Plan or Not

I recently had a very nice conversation with someone who's job is it to help with college planning.  What!?  Where was this person when I was getting ready to go to college!??Anyway, she

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"Retiring in 2 years..."

Do you ever find yourself driving around and in the car for longer than normal?  And if so, are there parts where the silence is no longer a blessing?  You find yourself overthinking the

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Colorado SpringTime Weather Predictions

What do you think the weather will do for the rest of the spring here in Colorado?When we experienced our first spring in Castle Rock, I was a little confused and I'll admit upset.  One day

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Douglas County Market Update

The numbers are in, and they are crazy!  Over the past year, huge changes have been seen thanks to the shut downs last spring.  What do you think the numbers will look like next month?;

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Castle Rock Upcoming Events

As I sit here watching Colorado’s ever crazy Spring snow fall, I can’t help but wonder what events are coming up in Castle Rock...You have to ponder if they will actually happen or if

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The Realtor Mom and Wife

 Being a mom, wife, and Realtor can be really hard sometimes, but it can also be very rewarding.  Yesterday was the perfect example. I was able to help clients, do some reaching out

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Castle Rock Upcoming March Events

Welcome to the small town that is amazingly commutable and all around awesome!  Check out the upcoming events for March:ShamROCK Stampede 7K/3.3K RUN/WalkMarch 20, 2021, 8:00 AM -&thinsp

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Coping with Your Case of the Mondays, Realtor Mom Part 15ish

Thanks gsjunker for the clip!Yes this was our Monday this week...I'm not a fan of complaining on the internet, so let's talk about about how to cope with that crazy storm of a day.First thing, try

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Castle Rock Real Estate Podcast: Getting Ready to Sell

Douglas County Real Estate - Greater Than Group, EXIT Realty DTC. Stephanie and Mitchell Sawin focus on mentoring clients beyond the bounds of real estate. Helping people in Castle Rock and

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Think You're too Young to Invest? Think again!

Investing at any age can be scary.  Some of us invest regulary and it's not always easy because sometimes it is "high risk, high reward."  The truth is anyone can invest.  I'm

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"Are you ready to pick up that wrench?"

Congratulations!  You have decided to step into the world of real estate investing and become a landlord!  Now, what does that look like?  Will you be hiring a property manager or

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St. Patrick's Day Decor Ideas!

St. Patty's is one of my favorite holidays!  Pre-kids Mitchell and I used to cook a bunch of traditional food and watch Boondock Saints.  Now that we have kiddos, the cooking of

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AirBnB Junky? Yup Me too!

If you have read some of my blogs in the past you know that I'm a short term rental junky!  Love the concept, the conveinence, the different experience and the money you can make off of!!!!&

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San Fran No Longer the Top Performing City in Real Estate

Yes, I can say "San Fran" because I used to live a few hours from there. Haha!  As most of you know, San Fransisco has been a very hot hot hot market for a very very long long long time. 

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The Most Popular Design Choices By State

What's your design style?  Mine is pretty much "hot mess" and always has been.  I'm not really sure what it would be even if I had help.  Lucky for all of us, there are a ton of

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The Realtor Mom Part 15

This goes out to all of the working parents!  You know who you are!  You rock, and I bet you're excited school is back in (sort of...did I mention we just got an email that our 6 year old

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Conserving Heat in these Chilly Times

If you're local (or in most parts of the U.S.), it has been very chilly lately!  Luckily, I love to read the tips that Black Hills Energy sends out.  Here there are!If health concerns aren

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Is 2021 Your Homebuying Year?

This can be a terrifying question to answer, but it is possible, and Greater Than Group is here to help!  Down to the dirty:Greater Than Group is here to help in every possible way.  What

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Town of Castle Rock 2020 Accomplishments

You know the mail you get that instantly goes into the recycle bin?  Yup, this one almost made it, but I paused and thought this might be some good information to pass along...As you know I

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Castle Rock Real Estate Podcast Super Bowl Episode

Douglas County Real Estate - Greater Than Group, EXIT Realty DTC. Stephanie and Mitchell Sawin focus on mentoring clients beyond the bounds of real estate. Helping people in Castle Rock and

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"How to Increase the Value of Your Home"

Figured I'd put the title in quotes because it's part of the title of an article out there somewhere...  Anyway, do you feel like stay-at-home and safer-at-home orders really put into

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Off Market Properties Colorado

Douglas County Real Estate - Greater Than Group, EXIT Realty DTC. Stephanie and Mitchell Sawin focus on mentoring clients beyond the bounds of real estate. Helping people in Castle Rock and

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The Realtor Mom Part 14

What kind of car should a Realtor drive?Douglas County Real Estate - Greater Than Group, EXIT Realty DTC. Stephanie and Mitchell Sawin focus on mentoring clients beyond the bounds of real estate.

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The Realtor Mom Part 12

Douglas County Real Estate - Greater Than Group, EXIT Realty DTC. Stephanie and Mitchell Sawin focus on mentoring clients beyond the bounds of real estate. Helping people in Castle Rock and

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Someone else's story

Sometimes all it takes is someone else's story to get the ball rolling...You hear their story, you stop and think "Wait a sec, they're just like me!  Why am I not doing the same thing?"Image

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"Pandemic Personal Finance"

How has the pandemic affected your personal finances?  For some it has been devastating while others haven't been affected at all.  While other households have seen finances cut in half,

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The Realtor Mom Part 11

Last week, you watched my first vlog about being a mom and a Realtor.  You'll quickly come to learn that although I love doing video, it can be difficult with kids in the background (and the

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Where are the bidding wars (and where the are not...)?

Oh the bidding wars (sigh), how I have not missed you.  Brings me back a few years, like 2017 and 2018.  For awhile, I thought you left us, but in Colorado you are back (and with some sass

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Castle Rock Real Estate Podcast is Back!!!!

First of all thank you for watching and continuing to visit our page!  I truely enjoyed doing the podcast the first time through, and I'm so excited to be doing it again!The CHANGES...(if you

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The Realtor Mom Part 10

Douglas County Real Estate - Greater Than Group, EXIT Realty DTC. Stephanie and Mitchell Sawin focus on mentoring clients beyond the bounds of real estate. Helping people in Castle Rock and

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"A real estate transaction is like navigating a mine field..."

Have you ever thought about becoming a real estate agent or Realtor (yup there's a difference)??  "A real estate transaction is like navigating a mine field..." is a quote taken from one of

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"Where is the housing market headed in 2021?..."

Always an eye catching title to read someone elses opinion of the housing market to come.  I found this article pretty straight forward and was glad to see some resources cited, but again you

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The Get Away Home

How are you feeling since stay at home orders or safer at home orders?  It's been eye opening and exciting seeing the amount of people come to the realization that they can work from home

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The Realtor Mom Part 9

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday.  As I sit here writing, I hear the squeak of my sons' door.  They finally got out of bed and are asking for breakfast.  Be right back...Image

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The Realtor Mom Part 8

It's  that time of year......when our office gets taken over by Amazon boxes and wrapping paper.  Every year we attempt to set a budget.  The budget includes how much we're going to

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"Water and winter"

Ever wonder if you're doing the right thing with your water during the winter??? Yup me too!  And it's not something I care to spend a lot of time thinking about, but if not taken care of, one

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Top 9 Sledding Hills in Colorado

Thinking about what you're going to do with yourself and the kids from Friday until Christmas (that's a whole week) and the week inbetween Christmas and New Years???Time to enjoy the Coloradon

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The Realtor Mom Part 7

I will never forget the day we got to move into what could still potentially be our forever home.  We had some awesome friends and neighbors all ready to help, and we were only moving a mile

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First-time home buying...What's holding you back?

Buying your first house can be scary and stressful, but it can also be the best financial decision you make in your lifetime.     *Our story:  We were definitely naive, but were

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Winter Cleaning, not Spring?

Do you feel like detoxifying your house after a long cold winter in???  Because I don't!  I would rather be outside in the fresh air and sunshine.  Stumbled across this article and

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The Realtor Mom Part 6

My first listing (our own home) was officially on the market.  This took place 5 years ago in what we thought was a good market.  Little did we know, that house is now worth about $100,000

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Castle Rock Holiday Events

If you missed the Star Lighting or maybe it just wasn't as eventful as last year, there are still plenty of holiday events around town where you can social distance and still have a good time! 

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"Top 10 Markets Where Spacious Homes Are Most Affordable in 2020"

I don't know about you, but I feel like 2020 gave us something very special.  When the first stay at home order hit, I was lucky enough to be able to continue working at home, but I also

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The Realtor Mom Part 5

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!We left off with me getting my license (prior to special edition Realtor Mom).  The first mistake of my career was choosing to celebrate getting my

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Surviving the Holidays Part 3...it's tomorrow!

Douglas County Real Estate - Greater Than Group, EXIT Realty DTC. Stephanie and Mitchell Sawin focus on mentoring clients beyond the bounds of real estate. Helping people in Castle Rock and

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Surviving the Holidays Part 2

Douglas County Real Estate - Greater Than Group, EXIT Realty DTC. Stephanie and Mitchell Sawin focus on mentoring clients beyond the bounds of real estate. Helping people in Castle Rock and

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The Wholesaler

What do you know about wholesalers?  I thought I knew everything, but everyone seems to be different (kind of like COVID-19 symptoms).  Some, go under contract on a property and then try

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The Realtor Mom Special Addition

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Holiday Survival Part 1

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"FinishRich..."

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After house hacking with my parents, we decided to become the youngest couple ever with a growing family to down-size (in my opinion).  We moved to the other side of town to a cute little house

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Down Payment Assistance just for Denver Metro Areas

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20 in 10

People are always telling you to get in the right mindset, form good habits...but the idea of a "life law" makes it seem non-negotiable.  You do it or you'll be breaking the law!  I like

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The REALtor Mom Continued...

Turns out my father had a major stroke cutting off blood flow to the right side of his brain.  Not only does this result in paralysis of the left side of the body, but it affects a number of

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Retirement??? What's that?

What does your retirement look like?Image from livescience.comThis black hole may be kind of beautiful, but not if it's what your furture looks like...Next question, what do you want your retirement

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Saving $$$ on a Kitchen Remodel...ummm yes please!!

Have you been dreaming of a kitchen renovation for quite some time???  Aren't we all, but unfortunately that's a renovation that can get particulary pricey...Epoxy counter tops, yes they are a

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The REALtor Mom

My husband and I are constantly tossing around different blog ideas...this one was his idea. (typically, I like to keep it in more business and market focused, but here's your chance to get a little

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It's Pumpkin Patch Time!

What's your favorite pumpkin shopping experience?  I have memories of tromping through a field of pumpkins with a serrated knife thing to literally cut the pumpkin off the vine.  Those

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Castle Rock and its "rocky" Past

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Best City in YOUR State to Invest in Rentals

You may have seen an earlier blog referring to best places to invest in in the country..."But Greater Than Group, I don't want my rental property to be so far away..."  Fantastic because now we

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Need Reasons to Invest???

What's your money doing for you?  Is it just sitting in a low interest savings account, is it bouncing all over the stock market, shoved under a mattress, non-existent???  No matter what,

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"Top 5 Places to Own Rentals in 2020"

Do you ever see "2020" in the title of an article and kind of cringe?  Recently, I find myself just glancing at those numbers and think "Oh jeez what now?"  Let's put a positive spin on

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"The Coolest AirBnBs in the United States"

Have you ever had the pleasure of going to a fantastic short term rental (the generic term for AirBnB or VRBO whatever you want to call it)?  Some people think staying in someone elses property

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Fall...Time to Create Your Water Budget and involve your HOA

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2020 Trick or Treating?

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Drone Photos and Your Right (and your properties) Not to be in Them

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Castle Rock Art Fest

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Castle Rock Art Scene

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Castle Rock September Happenings

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The Morning Rountine

Oh the "Morning Routine," one of my favorite topics as long as it includes coffee.  My morning routine and rountine in general is something I am constantly working on, and so should you. 

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The Great Inflation Debate

This topic of conversation comes up constantly in real estate.  "I would love to buy a house, but I'm worried I'm going to lose money on it."  Me-"Have you seen interest rates?"  The

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Has Coronavirus impacted your priorities?

Stay at home health order really put into prespective the beauty of our home and the upkeep we had let lag because we were so "busy."  We finally realized what a beautiful backyard we had, we

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"Your Ability to Help Others"

The title of this article grabbed my attention because I thought I can kind of relate, and I bet there are a lot of people out there I can share this with that can relate too.collegiate-empowerment

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Why Real Estate? Why Now?

Let's admit it...there will always be a risk to investing in stocks, real estate, collectible toys, backyard "art..." you name it.  Anything can be considered an investment and hopefully it's

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Paying off your Debt this Year

I always find this topic interesting, but I find it even more so this year...Starting off, the 2-3 months (depending on where you live) of stay-at-home order gave a lot of us a lot of time to think,

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The Star

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the Coffee Snob

We recently found out that our neighbors are coffee snobs just like us!  Yay!  We are definately self-proclaimed, and one of our favorite things to do is seek out quaint little coffee gems

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Staying Safe During a Summer Storm

I learned the hard way that Colorado has a summer storm season.  When first moving out here, I was kind of annoyed that I had to keep my windows shut during the summer when the cooler breeze

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Preparing your Home for E Learning

I don't know about you, but I'd like to avoid the chaotic scramble to prepare for online learning that happened last Spring.  This should help your kids and you be more productive if you decide

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Returning to school in Colorado

Some of you have school aged children have recently or not so recently (depends on the school district) been receiving emails on what will happen if and when your child(ren) will return to school

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Birthday Season with COVID-19

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Financial Scams? Maybe...Let's stay smart people

I recently came across an article titled "4 Financial Scams Sold to Americans on an Everyday Basis."  I wouldn't necessarily label these "scams,"  but they are definitely lifestyle choices

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Rents on the Rise

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Waiting for the market to drop?

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Quarantine Lifestyle

I will say stay at home orders were a no brainer for me.  Working from home and being a stay-at-home parent made the transition easier.  I will say it forced me to look at the way we were

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Retirement Savings! What does yours look like?

Retirement can be a scary topic for some people...or most people.  We've actually sat down with a couple of different financial advisors (have only met one that actually gives advice and doesn

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"Forget the 9-5..."

Preach!  I forgot the 9-5 a very long time ago.  It's a little terrifying at first, but also liberating to know that you are in control of your hours, your pay raises and your future!Photo

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New Listing in Castle Rock, Colorado!

This home is located in the neighborhood where I purchased my very first house, so it's extra special.  Metzler Ranch in Castle Rock is a fantastic neighborhood located within walking distance

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What does your vacation look like right now?

I don’t know about you, but there are a lot of people who had to either cancel their plans or put everything on hold.  I stumbled across this fantastic Pin on some of the best places to

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Turn your Workspace into a Space that you Love!

Many of us have been working at home for awhile now…There are times when you love your space and times when you run from the mess.  I’m about somewhere in between.  Slowly,

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What are your goals and how are you going to get there?

What are your goals?  Are they personal, physical, business orientated…??  Do you have them written down somewhere?  What steps are you taking to achieve them?  Do you

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Social Media Etiquette

Ever catch yourself in a rage of opinions, and the first thing you think about doing is blasting your thoughts all over the internet?  Good, I’m glad you’re thinking about it first.

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For all the over Analyzers Out There

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2020 Investing: Best and Worst States

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The Unemployment Rate Affecting Real Estate

Not really something a lot of us think about...Actually most of us are waiting for the market to “crash,” but have no idea what would bring another crash about.  As much as I like

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Organizing Your Finances

I’ve been posting a series of videos on saving for a down payment or saving while you’re stuck. I realized that my husband and I saved the most money for our first home by staying at

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Stimulus Check Investing, Wouldn't You Rather be up Money Creek?

I have to admit this was the first thought that popped into my head when that money was received.  Fortunately, my husband and I are both essential employees (text me for info on becoming

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"Is Now a Good or Horrible Time to Buy a House?"

Now, if you follow my blog regularly, you'll know that there are times when I will solely click on an article because of the title.  This title was intriguing right!?  I will tell you,

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Saving for a Down Payment Episode 11

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Saving for a Down Payment Episode 9

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Saving for a Downpayment Episode 8

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What's the Deal with Lending Right Now???

There is a lot going on behind the scenes in the real estate and lending world.  First, stocks dropped, interest rates went up (after being very very low, lenders were overwhelmed with

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Saving for a Down Payment Episode 7

Castle Rock Real Estate Specialist-Stephanie Sawin Realtor. Stephanie Sawin specializes in first time Buyers and Sellers, new construction homes, custom homes, land sales, and investment properties

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Saving for a Down Payment Episode 6

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Saving for a Down Payment Episode 5

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Saving for a Down Payment Episode 3

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Saving for a Down Payment Episode 2

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Thinking about becoming a Landlord? Think again...

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How has CoronaVirus Affected Short Term Rentals

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“7 Habits You Didn’t Know Were Derailing Your Finances Every Month”

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Frugal Living Myths Revealed!

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Bored at home...

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Cedar Lined Bathroom Ceiling

I'll be the first to admit I didn't know this was a thing until I read it just now in this article.  Oddly enough, I have shown a home with a cedar lined bathroom ceiling...(now it's all making

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Amp up those Easter Decorations!

My kids have been wanting to put up our Easter decorations forever.  We finally took down St. Patty's day and pulled out the Easter stuff (2 containers!)...So sad...the Easter baskets took up

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Skip the home improvement store paint line!

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"...the dark forecasts..."

“...the dark forecasts...”I’m not sure this is it, but we are most likely due for a downturn, so why not be prepared?  Here are 5 different ways to make the next downturn to

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What should you be buying at the store right now?

I was at the store yesterday to grab some fresh fruit and vegetables.  A friend of mine asked me to let him know what they had...well...."A fairly decent amount of fresh produce, wine and beer

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Hiring a General Contractor? Ask before you Hire

Here in Colorado and probably most places with hot markets and a booming economy there is a lot of building going on.  That means a lot of people following the money and getting into the

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Better Today Successful Tomorrow!

I think it was fate. I came across this article today after finishing a podcast called “There’s No Plan B.”  I hope your mindset right now is thinking or doing something to

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6 Ways to get Funding for Your Next Flip

You hear a lot about real estate investing and how wonderful it is.  Get started today! Yay!...But where in the world are you supposed to find the money??? Read this and then check out the

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The Top 7 Cities to Cash Flow In

This article is straightforward.  Here are the cities, here’s why they are so popular, and here’s what the average rent and home price looks like.  How do you narrow it down?

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Spring Cleaning...maybe it’s time to Invest in your Investment

Spring cleaning is a wonderful thing!  As a matter of fact, every once in a while, I feel like we should move again just to be able to go through all of our old stuff.  Now is also the

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Best Date Night Colorado Restaurant

Yes, I went there again...what can I say??  I love food, and I love Colorado!  I have to admit after coming to Colorado from Las Vegas, I thought I would never find food as amazing. 

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Overlooked High ROI

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How to Invest before you Turn 21

Oh to be 21 again and redo it all!   What would you do differently?  I for one would definitely invest in a property versus squandering my hard earned dollars away on short term fun with

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What It Feels Like

For those of you that are self-employed you’re getting to the feeling.  For those of you who run a business (successfully), you are so close...And for those of that are successful

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Burn Rate

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Thinking of renovating...but which room to start in???

When you ask me this question the best advice I feel I can give is “Think like a buyer and do the math.”  Kitchen and master bath renovations will may make a home sell faster and

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Student Loan Debt Affecting the Housing Market

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Someone Else’s Story

Learning from other people’s mistakes is awesome, but learning from other people’s successes is even better!  It’s important to remember not to copycat someone’s

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“Oh the people you’ll meet…”

Why do you think you are currently in the business you’re in?  Why do you think people become real estate agents? ?The money, the flexibility, the “lifestyle.”  Everyone

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The Ghost Town Deal

It’s been awhile since I’ve been completely captured by a title.  This one I couldn’t resist. For most of my adolescence, I was dragged around the middle of nowhere northern

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The Biggest Mistake

Maybe you’re not even thinking about real estate investing, but I think this can be the biggest mistake in many different parts of our lives.  Giving up because you feel overwhelmed. DON

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Closing the gap. Amp up your investment savings!

There are a countless number of times I stumble across posts asking for a side hustle.  Stop searching social media for answers and check out this article with an entire list of different kinds

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Got an extra $10,000?

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Flipping Out (not the show)

When you hear real estate investors you might think “Flippers?”  Because what else is there???  The flipping trend is slowing down.  Luckily, there are many different and

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Does saving money mean eating less??? You’ll see...read on!

No, of course it doesn’t!  Now, I think I’m a pretty good food shopper, but there’s a tip in this article that I didn’t even think of!  I’m downloading the

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Best TACOS in every STATE

Not sure what yearly vacation you were going to do this year???  Well, here's your answer...plan a road trip around the country trying the best tacos in every state!  Wooooo!  Why is

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The Lifestyle Creep: 6 Habits of the Rich

Congratulations!! You are already doing #3 by reading my blog and the articles that go along with it! (Never stop learning people)  This is a quick read that just makes total sense, and as for

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What do you “intend” to do?

Word of the year...why not?? Everyone else has one.  I tried my best to stay off of the bandwagon, but then I saw the word “intention.”  When you look back at your 2019 and see

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Always be Learning

One of my favorite things about the real estate investment market and the real estate market in general is that you can always learn from someone else’s mistakes.  Here’s a quick

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Getting the Spouse On Board

My husband was the first one to bring up investing in real estate and owning our own businesses probably about 14 years ago.  It’s been a long time of just talking, thinking, planning and

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Cheat Foods Just in Time for New Years!

Every once in awhile I need to change it up from real estate related to goal related.  Goal:  How to continue to eat the junky foods you probably shouldn’t be eating? This article

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Let's Talk EXIT

When I tell people I'm with EXIT Realty I get a lot of "?," "Who?" "I've never heard of them..."  Let me tell you we are an agent forward company founded on the idea of helping real estate

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Talk to a Lawyer and CPA!?

Buying an investment property with a huge chunk of cash flow sounds amazing right!?  It can be super awesome amazing, but make sure you do it the right way. This article is a fantastic take

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For the Love of Real Estate!

There’s a lot to love about the real estate business, and there’s a lot to hate about the real estate business.  In the end it’s about helping people too. Helping people find

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November Market Update

Here are a few quick stats on Denver Metro's November 2019 Market!Watch the Video!Call me to schedule an appointment to see how much your house is worth!Castle Rock Real Estate Specialist-Stephanie

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Funding Your Retirement Through Real Estate

What does your retirement look like?  Are you confident in the items you’ve invested a lot of your hard earned money in? Retirement is changing and has been slowly over the decades. 

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House Hacking in the Mansions

I love my children more than anything, but man are they days when I wish house hacking was a little easier for people with kids because it’s AWESOME!  I recently took a class with a

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Maybe the FIRE Movement Isn’t for You

Are you reading the 3rd post about the FIRE movement!?  If you’re answer is “yes,” I’m so proud of you for educating yourself!  This article is a perfect example of

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“Best U.S. Towns with 10,000 Residents or less”

When I saw this article I couldn’t help but think of all the long time citizens you hear of moving away from parts of Colorado because of our rapid growth.  Guess what Coloradans??? There

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The FIRE Movement Take 2

Here I go again!  Let me start by saying, when I found out about the FIRE movement it was like someone lit a fuse inside.  This is what my goal has been for years, but I just couldn&rsquo

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Do you have what it takes?

You may be thinking, “Sure, I'll invest in real estate!  That sounds easy and fun!” or “No way! That sounds expensive and horrible!”  Whether you’re thinking

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FIRE Movement

These words actually caught my eye in a previous real estate investment article I blogged about (What does your retirement look like? “...hope is not a strategy!”). “FIRE Movement

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What does your retirement look like? “...hope is not a strategy!”

Have you noticed the difference in the way people speak about retirement?  Some people would like to retire, but have no idea how. Others plan on working for the rest of their lives because

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One Woman’s Story

I write a lot about investing in real estate, but sometimes it’s good to hear someone else’s story.  In my job as a Realtor, the biggest perk and challenge is everything is in your

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Making Money in Real Estate

Yes, buying or selling your first piece of real estate (or any piece of real estate) can be stressful and super emotional.  Some people are laying the groundwork for their future, and most of

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This Month’s Town Events

I love Castle Rock, and I love getting out and about in our little town.  Check out this month’s event calendar, and get out and meet your neighbors in this beautiful weather!Castle Rock

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The Chokehold of Debt

I have to say I hate having debt!  I’m ok with a mortgage payment, bills, day to day living expenses, etc. but credit card debt and car payments drive me crazy!  Unfortunately, this

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Real Estate Fun Facts-More Fun than you Think!

There’s a couple of these that you might say “Oh yeah...I knew that, and a few that you’ll be scratching your head about. I actually helped a seller sell a Sears home last year!

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Did you know there’s a bubble index

Now, let me start by stating that this is one person’s opinion, but as this is always a hot topic and popular question...I thought I’d go ahead and share this article with you! 

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2019 Most and Least Expensive Places to Live

The title pretty much explains it all!  Have you thought about moving to a different area just to cut the cost of living?  It’s in the cards for some of us...Check out how your place

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Let's Revisit Renovations

People are always asking me what they should do to their house?  What will increase the value? My answer usually is, “How long do you plan on living there?”  Now, if you plan

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The Desperation

It occurred to me this morning, while sorting through emails, the amount of sales pitches I receive when I close on a property is astronomical.  The worst part is I wonder how many people"

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A Deeper look at Title Companies

This article is geared towards investors who are not working with an agent.  So, I may be shooting myself in the foot, but I love to talk about title companies.  Most people don't know

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A Deeper Look at the Zestimate

For starters, if you want my opinion of a Zestimate on your home feel free to schedule a meeting with me in person.  That being said, never underestimate the human senses beyond sight. Not only

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Make or Break Spending Habits

Wondering where are of that hard earned cash is going??? Yeah me too!  My first challenge for you is to sit down with around 3 months of statements from every account and start highlighting...1

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Specializing in Yourself

This article just flat out spoke to me.  So many of us struggle to fulfill the “get rich quick” dream because that’s exactly what it is a dream, not reality.  The best

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"The Worst House..."

I love learning from other peoples' mistakes, don't you??  Here's a story from an investor that got into a purchase that didn't pan out they way he planned.  The best advice, that I think

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Start the Morning Right

Everyone has some sort of morning routine...mine varies depending on how I'm feeling when I wake up, so not quite sure I'm the best for giving advice...That's why I found this awesome article! 

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Clever ways to Save???

Is there really such a thing???  What about the least painful ways to save and still have money to spend on stupid stuff??  Yes, I know I should be encouraging Buyers to pinch every penny,

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Buffet, Baseball and Investing

What do these 3 things have in common??? Everthing!  Basically find you "strike zone" or create a system.  Stick to it and know when to say no.  You might get the sideways glance

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The Cap Rate

When you start researching and educating yourself on truly becoming a real estate investor you will start hearing the words cap rate thrown around all over the place.  Some of us who are new to

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Your Rat Race Number

If you follow my blog regularly (if you don't and want to know more about real estate investing do), you'll know that I post all kinds of things about real estate investing.  This article

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Sand Dunes and More...!

Awhile back I posted about our Colorado mini vacay to the Sand Dunes and how awesome it was!  This quick read sums up cheap ways to travel during the summer.  Guess what?!  Most of

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Castle Rock BINGO

As most of you know I'm a huge advocate for the wonderful amazing super awesome town of Castle Rock, Colorado.  It still amazes me that I have been here for 9 and half years (the longest I've

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Let's start this day with a Book List

I know you've seen me post tons of articles on how to, why to, why not, just go for it...INVEST in REAL ESTATE!  But,  don't just take my word for it.  Here is a list of books for

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Cardone, Kiyosoki, Turner...who's right?

Love this article!  Finally, someone has summed up all of the contradiction in investments, buying a home, where your money is best spent, etc.  Don't get me wrong, all of these people are

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The iBuyer

As my 5 year old would say..."What the hek is that?"  Check out what this agent has to say...As always, I recommend:  Do your RESEARCH, EDUCATE yourself, and MAKE the DECISION based on

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Empty Tequila Bottle

What's your go to "change jar?"  OMG do you even have one!?  I will say that when I worked for tips, I always volunteered to take the change that no one else wanted.  In college, my

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Thinking about investing in Multi Family?

If your answer is "yes" or "maybe" keep reading!  If you answered "Hek no!  I never want to be a landlord!"  Not to worry of I have other methods of helping you invest in real estate.

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Toxic Money Habits

Well, that sounds intense!  I just picture the green ooze for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II burning away at a pile of money :(This is a great little piggy back off of my previous blog "The

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"The Magic Debit Card"

Also known as a credit card, and is one reason why so many of us are broke.  Are you spending more money than you make or are you spending money just as fast as you earn it? It's time to

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More Time Less Stress

I really don't like to talk about myself, but for those of you who don't know me I have 4 kids, a full time job, a husband with a full time job, lots of activities and just lots of life in general

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What Renters Want

I just had to read this article because...1. I am no longer a renter2. I believe in being open to all new information I can graspAND 3.  Practice what you preach!  I'm all about

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Knock out that Debt

Debt is a looming big dark ball of stress.  Kind of like the monster thing in Stranger Things...The nice part about debt is it doesn't have to be around forever.  There are ways to rise

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Should you Invest Out of State?

This is one question I have always struggled with.  How much control do you need or want to have?  Does it make sense to invest in your local market or are there better deals elsewhere?

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Multi Family Investing and Setting Goals

Most of us think and ponder how wonderful it would be to invest in real estate and be swimming in the positive cash flow for the rest of our lives...Want to stop pondering and start doing?  It

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Finding deals in this Market

A lot of us feel like it's almost impossible to find a good deal on real estate in our current market...Guess what!?  Not true, but it will take some hard work (on your part or mine depending

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Investing in Single Family vs Multi Family?

Investing in 1 home may seem daunting!  Now, I'm talking about investing in multiple homes, taking care of multiple tenants and spending a whole bunch more money :D  Not sure what you want

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5 Different Ways to Help Boost Your Self Esteem

Because why not??  We've all been there.  Some of us are very good at staying positive, and some of us are very good at staying negative.  I don't know about you, but when I feel good

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Getting Started in Real Estate Investing

Believe me I thought investing in real estate was just a fantasy my husband and I had...I also thought there was no way we were ever going to save up for a down payment on our first home (not an

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Agents helping Agents

I usually don't touch on this subject often, but I met some really awesome other real estate agents last night!  And yes most of us do get along for the most part, we realize that our business

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Fiction books for Entrepreneurs!? I'm in!

I love to network with like minded professionals and entrepneurs!  Every once in awhile the topic of books comes up...What's your favorite business book, what book do you recommend, what book

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Becoming a Millionaire with Rental Properties

Sound too good to be true???  I thought so too when my husband first started talking about investing in real estate around 10 years ago.  It took maybe one conversation to understand the

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The Truth Behind the Squatter

Always a interesting subject...what rights do squatters have???  What's the right way and the wrong way to deal with squatters?  Squatter versus trespasser?  Is there such thing as a

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Tips for Post College Grads, yes on a real estate blog

If you've read my past blogs I post a lot about investing in real estate.  Guess what!?  This has to do with saving money to invest (in general), but also has some great tips for post

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How to Remodel Cheaper but Not Cheaply

Hello!  Have you recently started a home improvement project, that turned into another project, that turned into a toilet replacement, and eventually snowballed out into the backyard and you're

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Home Improvements Worth Making

A question I receive all the time is "What kind of improvements should I make on my home?"  I usually answer with "How long do you plan on living there?"  If you're going to be in your

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Don't wait until the market turns to Invest

I have people ask me all the time "When is the best time to invest or buy/sell my house?"  The answer "It's always a great time to get into real estate!!!!!" Honestly, the market can do

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Ready to Retire

..."money spent is money you can’t use to build real wealth."  Very well said and just a taste of the article.  Learn how to build wealth quickly and through real estate with the

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The Step by Step Guide to Buying Small Multi Family

This awesome (and kind of long) article was written as a step by step guide for new investors to get into the world of multi family.  For some of you this may be a little daunting, or something

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Investing with Family

Funny that this article popped up in my feed because we (me and the hubby) happen to be investing with family and friends at this very moment in life.  Like with any group of people things can

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Struggling to Suceed

Again had to read this article because of the photo...Guess what!?  It's an awesome article, and I couldn't get past reason number without commenting.SET GOALS!Every year my husband and I as

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Renting like a Pro

Renting anything can seem terrifying!  Even just letting the neighbor borrow a rake (or whatever)...Questions start surging through your head (or maybe just mine)..."Will I ever see it again?"

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Let's talk Rent Control

I try to keep most of my posts non controversial and infomative...I feel like the topic rent control could very quickly go sideways, but feel free to leave your thoughts in the nicest manner.

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The Naked Timeshare

Did that title get your attention?  Good!  Now, this is basically about the investment side of a timeshare.  I'm talking "naked" because I know almost nothing about timeshares. 

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Tips on Negotiating

 Negotiating is definitely a skill that needs to be practiced and fine tuned.  Luckily, here's an awesome article with 7 tips to help you get those awesome negotiating skills!  Not so

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Real Estate Investing-How to get your "in"

I will admit (even before becoming a Realtor) my husband and I have been talking real estate investing for YEARS.  Literally, YEARS, and it started out as just that "talk."  One of the

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The Long Distance Landlord

Got that itch and income to invest in your first property!!??  Let's do it...but maybe you're local market isn't the best investment market (show of hands).  Not to worry!  Here's an

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Short term Rental...Are you ready?

This seems to be the latest and greatest in real estate investments.  And there are time when the numbers really do make sense!  First off though, do your homework!  Short term

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Replacing the 9 to 5

There are ways to keep your 9 to 5 and still make money in the real estate industry, but is that what you really want???  How about replacing that 9-5 job?  Learn about the F.I.R.E.

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Using Social Media to Invest in Real Estate

It's pretty simple.  Use social media to your advantage by making connections and interacting with other people with similiar interests.  Guess what!?  I enjoying educating, learning,

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Real Estate Investment Failures

This article is lengthy, but has some amazing points.  The major point being...Be committed if you want to be successful!I can't tell you the ups and downs of being in business for yourself.

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Forced Appreciation

That's exactly what this article is about.  This blog is for those of you highly interested in investing in commercial real estate, and it will also cater to you numbers people. 

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Unlimited Profitability

Long complicated story short, when it gets down to the nitty gritty your main goal on an investment property is to cash flow (for the most of us, you're in charge of your own goals).  This

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Can you taste money?

Fantastic video on how to analyze and walk through a property!  This video is great for investors, first time buyers and everyone in between.  Investors, this will teach you things to look

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Invest in Real Estate...CONVINCE ME

I can tell you all day long that real estate is one of the most amazing greatest investments you'll ever make, and if you know how to play your cards right it will just keep getting better...blah

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Investing with Not So Great Credit...

Is it the best idea... maybe or maybe not.  How badly do you want to start investing in real estate???  Some people are willing to risk it all for the chance at a big payout while others

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Opportunity Zones and 1031s...SAY WHAT???

I’m very familiar with 1031s, but because I stream most of what I watch, and my daily news feed is the stream of whatever comes out of my husband’s mouth, I wasn’t quite aware of

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Investing? What these investors wished they would've known...

For starters, my number one reason for checking out this article was because of the hilarious picture!  Reason Number 2, I would rather learn from someone else's mistakes than my own.  Why

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Ready to sell??? 100 Tips to Sell Faster and For More

My favorite part about this article is the very first sentence is in tune with my real estate beliefs.  I always encourage my clients to hold on to their property as an investment if possible.

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Investing in Real Estate...What's your Why?

"Have a why beyond..."  There are a million reasons why you might want to invest in real estate.  Make sure those reasons resinate with who you are.  You want to love what you do

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How to Avoid Common Money Mistakes Couples Make

More often than not most arguments between couples (including my husband and I) are monetary.  Luckily, for us, towards the end of the "conversation" we realize it's just money and we'll figure

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Investing in Yourself?? Protect it

Yeah maybe the title of this blog didn't quite make sense, so here's an explanation:I believe when you invest in real estate you're investing in yourself.  You're trusting yourself to make a

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5 ways to Save...for a Down Payment

Let's face reality saving money is hard, and it's not much fun...I remeber saving for my first down payment, and I'm so glad to have ridden the equity train to my forever home already.  Guess

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Act diligently, but most Importantly ACT

Getting started in real estate is exciting...whether you are buying or selling your first property, buying your first investment property or buying your first multiple set of doors...especially in

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The Real Estate Millionaire Podcast

I have to admit, I've never been a podcast person.  I actually recorded my own podcast before ever listening to one.  I had so much fun recording one, that I finally decided to sit down

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Terrified of being a Landlord

Um...yeah me too!  But not to worry, there are plenty of people out there you can pay to property manage for you or you can take a look at a few of these steps that will make being a landlord

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Crunching those Investment Numbers

I'm pretty sure I've shared this article before, but it's an important one, so here is it again!  Some people are very ethusiastic and will dive right into real estate without a second glance

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Your Investment Dream Team

This article hits the nail on the head when it comes to investing!  You want to have a team of people surrounding you that knows what they're doing and are acting in your best interest. 

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Keeping Renters Happy Inside and OUT

There's nothing like purchasing an investment property...and then having it sit on the market...Good news!  There are some items that renters are looking for on the outside of the house too!

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Wondering what to do with the Equity you have in your house...

As a Realtor, I love the words "Stephanie, I want to sell my house." Yay!  But as a homeowner, I totally understand that not everyone is at the place in their lives or they straight up never

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The Landlord Legend

Seriously, 5 quick simple tips that will make you a legendary landlord!  Some of them are pretty obvious and some of them will surprise you!  Get ready to arm yourself to be the best

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The Question Lurking in my Head

I finally found an article/video to answer a question that has been nagging in the back of my mind for awhile.  Especially because different professionals will give you different answers. 

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Just Say NO

I have to admit sometimes you hear things and then read things that just make sense.  As much as I would love your business, don't do something because everyone else is doing it.  Buy a

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Opportunity Zone Q&A

I saw real estate, I saw invetors, I clicked on the article and read.  I don't usually like to get into politics, but his article was perfect.  Awesome opportunities out there that may be

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2018 Rent Report

"Uncertain"  was the first word that jumped out at me in this article.  There are defintie good numbers and hard facts in this article about 2018 rents, but like all things real estate, we

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Don't Over Renovate your Rental

 This is something that is always lingering in the back of my head as an agent and as an investor.  As an investor, you want your tenants to have a beautiful place to live in so they keep

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"10 Lethal Mistakes to Avoid on Your First Real Estate Investment"

I'll admit buying my first property made me want to throw up a little bit.  Buying my first investment property makes me feel like I've drunken a million cups of coffee and that's starting to

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The M Word

What's the M word?  It's a word that most of us Realtors, home inspectors, buyers, sellers, mostly everyone looking at property doesn't want to hear (with the exception of a mitigation).&

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Thriving in the next real estate downturn

Every client asks me the same question:  "Is now a good time to buy?" "Is now a good time to sell?"  As a Realtor and investor, my answer will almost always be "yes..."  But it really

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Renting vs Buying in 2019

Check out the top 5 most affordable places to rent and the top 5 worst places to rent.  Luckily, Colorado and the Denver metro area doesn't fall onto either one of these lists.  Also,

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Learning from other peoples' mistakes

Oh how I love the internet!  I love being able to learn from other peoples' mistakes, especially the big ones, so I don't have to make those mistakes myself.  An even better way to help

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Real Estate Investing Smartly

I'm going to be totally upfront with you...it took me a couple of reads to completely understand what they are talking about in this article.  The last line is even "Make sense?"  The

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Age Discrimination in RE Investing is just as illegal

Guess what you can invest at any point in your life, and as a Realtor and genuine law-abiding citizen I would love to help you!  There are a million different ways to come up with the money to

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The Hustle

As an entrepneur (yes I'm a Realtor which means I run my own business) you have to hustle!  I'll admit for a long time I would think about my goals and wonder why they were so far out of...

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Lord Investor

As a Realtor of course I need to tell you that it is to your absolute most benefit to have a Realtor representing you when you're investing in a property! (BTW you are always investing in a property

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"12 Reasons Why You're Still Poor"

I can totally relate to some of these reasons, and some of them are a great eye opener to why I have more money than other people.  Check them out and maybe start saving for that down payment..

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The Cities People are Moving to Fastest...and not

I always think these articles are fun to look at because let's be honest we're looking to see if our city is ticking any of the boxes.  I found this one quite interesting and a nice quick easy

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7 Habits of a Successful Entrepeneur

Saw this article and thought is would be great for my fellow entrepneurs.  As I was reading I also thought it would be a good read for those of you looking to buy a home in the Denver metro and

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Open house in Castlewood Ranch!

Open house this Saturday 10/6 from 11-2PM and 10/7 from 1-4 PM!  Come tour this beautiful home and enjoy some coffee and cookies!  Lender and listing agent on site to answer all of your

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