Melanie Hood's Blog Posts

Older Americans are driving the need for housing to age in place.

The Silver Tsunami, written by Steve WrightThe concepts of aging in place and universal design — that is flexible, durable design that is comfortable and accessible to all, including people

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Is it time to Downsize?

Holidays can be stressful, baking, shopping, hustle and bustle busy-ness, and when we shop for others, we tend to buy for ourselves too. We end up with more "stuff" and later wish we wouldn't have

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Host a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

No matter the size of your Thanksgiving gathering, hosting a large dinner can be overwhelming. If you are new to hosting Thanksgiving or looking for ways to make your day less stressful, check out

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Five Festive Fall Front Porch Decorating Ideas

Autumn has arrived in all its splendor — the perfect excuse to ramp up your curb appeal. Make your neighbors envious of your festive front porch with these five fun decoration ideas:Corn Husk

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I need to build a fence

Well, I need to remove an old fence and have a new fence built because the old fence is beyond repair, but have you seen the price of wood lately?   What is going on?For the seventh

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Major Housing Investment

Proposal Includes Key Housing ProvisionsCongressional leaders released a long-awaited framework Thursday for President Joe Biden’s signature Build Back Better plan, proposing a top-line price

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DIY Kitchen Storage Ideas

Time for the lids to stop piling up in the corner of your cabinet and store your pots properly.  Here are four ideas you can start with:1) Pot and pan lid storage bar.  Install a single,

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A new bill in Congress could help Americans struggling to become homeowners

If approved, the Low-Income First Time Homebuyers (LIFT) Act of 2021 would offer 20-If approved, the Low-Income First Time Homebuyers (LIFT) Act of 2021 would offer 20-year mortgages

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Condos Are Back!

It seems like just about everyone these days is trying to get a bigger home, a first home, a vacation home—or maybe just a new place in a cheaper part of the country. At least they’re

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What first time home buyers need to know for a move-in ready home

With millennial first-time buyers taking advantage of record low mortgage rates and jumping into homeownership, many are likely unaware of the projects they may have to undertake to get

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Updating Your Property for Universal Use

Whether you’re buying a new home you’d like to stay in for the long haul or updating the home you already have and love, universal design can ensure the property is accessible to all

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What a VA Loan can do for you

Because of the bravery and sacrifices of veterans and active military, the rest of the country’s civilians can live the American dream in safety. As one tangible way to say “thank you

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Don't give up contingencies

We know it's tough out there for buyers right now, but don't give up contingencies.All of this demand means buyers are going to ever-greater lengths to make their offer stand out. They’re

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Is the Air in your Home Clean and Safe?

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. That percentage is even higher for older individuals.  Ever

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10 Tips for Moving with Pets

Moving is stressful for everyone.  It's in the top 5 most stress our bodies struggle with.  Imagine your pets, those furry buddies who thrive on consistency.  They stress like we do

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7 Things All First-Time Homeowners Get Wrong—and How To Avoid Those Big Mistakes

Like most major milestones in life, becoming a first-time homeowner comes with quite a few learning curves. Even after you close on the house and it becomes officially yours, there’s still a

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FHA Updates Student Loan Calculation Guidelines to Benefit Homebuyers

FHA Updates Student Loan Calculation Guidelines to Benefit HomebuyersHistorically, homebuyers with student loan debt have had trouble qualifying for mortgages due to their debt-to-income ratio.

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Estate Planning: 16 Things to Do Before You Die (pre-death checklist)

I'm sure no one wants to die, or even think about it, but it is going to happen to all of us so we should try to plan ahead, especially if we own property.  If you have any questions about this

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Moving with Pets Stress Free

I am a huge animal lover and would love to help you find a new home to buy and get your pets settled in.  See below for a Dog Park finder locator.Moving into a new home is an exciting.

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Selling a Home with a Reverse Mortgage

A reverse mortgage can allow you to “age in place” at your home during retirement by turning your existing home equity into a source of income. While that may be your

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What is a USDA Loan?

I am working with Clients now that have a USDA Loan. What is it? USDA loans are home loans issued or guaranteed by the United States Department of Agriculture. These loans are part of the USDA

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Summer Outdoor Living Trends

By Lorie Jackson.Over the past year, Americans spent more time outdoors than perhaps ever before. Much like during the height of the pandemic, this summer’s outdoor living trends build on the

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Kitchen Designs to Inspire You

The kitchen is where everyone hangs out. So shouldn't it be a place you enjoy and want to share with everyone?The kitchen is the heart of a home. It’s where you cook family meals, bake

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What happens to the home your parents lived in when they pass away?

Steps to make the process easierI recently had a friend lose her mother and although the plan was always to sell the house, a few issues rose up dealing with power of attorney, executor, estate

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Selling Home Process

                                                       

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Reasons you Need to Hire a Realtor to Sell Your Home

8 Reasons to Use a Real Estate Agent to Sell Your HomeSelling a home is nothing like finding a buyer for a piece of furniture or even a car; it’s a complicated process with a great deal of

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U.S. District Court Rules Eviction Ban is Unlawful

Are you living in a Landlord's investment property but they don't take care of things or you're tired of rent increases?The Trump Administration initiated the eviction ban last year during the

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Simple Updates to Add Value to Your Home

Are you looking to add some value to your home but don’t have a big budget? Or do you want to improve its aesthetic without breaking the bank?Making improvements to your home doesn’t

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Gifts of Down Payments

Down payments can be a big hurdle when buying a home. In fact, nearly a third of first-time buyers received money from friends or relatives to source their down payment.  Millennial

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Do you want to visit your family or friends in a nursing home?

Here are a few tips to help with visiting a nursing home during Covid 19.  Call the Nursing home and inquire:1) What is the Nursing Home doing to make it save for visitors to visit?2) 

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Do pets improve your health, happiness and home?

Does having a pet improve your health?  As you get older, you're likely to find yourself at home more and if you're alone, a pet can help take away that loneliness.  If you have physical

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Paying off your Mortgage early, might not be a good idea

                                                       

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Tips to help Renters purchase their first home

When families are starting out, there are a few advantages to renting a home: Rent may be cheaper than a mortgage; no worry of home repairs and relocation for a job is easier. But, families often

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Interest Rates are Still Low, but for how long?

With the new Administration, do you think interest rates will stay low?  Inventory is low, so how can you buy the house you want when the rates are low if there are no houses available?I'm

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Did you know a Power of Attorney expires when you least expect it to?

A neighbor of mine passed away and her daughter was the Power of Attorney (POA). We were working together to put her mom's house on the market to sell after getting her mom moved to assisted living.

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Is it worth doing an Open House in a Seller's market?

Well, I have an Open House coming up in mid-March and I would love for everyone to attend.                             

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I wonder what my customers want?

I was sitting here trying to think of topics to research and write about and then it dawned me... rather than me tell anyone anything, why don't I ask what do they want?My first question to you

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Stunning Perennials that bring life to your garden

Is it too early to talk about planting flowers?  Sometimes the snow and cold can put you in a depressed mood while you wait for warmer days.  Maybe now is a good time to plant some flowers

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I am your Senior Real Estate Specialist

I am your Senior Real Estate Specialist and I specialize in helping Seniors find a home to meet their aging needs. I can help you downsize your current home and move into a less stressful place

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Thinking about Buying a New Home?

Thinking of buying a home?  Inventory is low in Colorado right now,search homes yourself and see.  So Agents are hoping the market changes but for that to happen, you need to sell your

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Where is my Earnest Money?

What is Earnest Money?  Well, according to Wikipedia, earnest money is:  A specific form of security deposit made in some major transactions such as real estate dealings or required

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Preparing for Tax Season if you claimed Unemployment in 2020

This article has some great information so I'm sharing it from Beverly Bird.Did you have unemployment benefits last year?  Did the pandemic affect your salary?  Many Americans who

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Home Buying Trends Here to Stay

Homebuying trends are emerging due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.                 Some trends fade away, but these are here to stay: 1. 

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Why You Need a Real Estate Agent

Why do buyers need a real estate agent? Professional real estate agents have experience, teams to support you, and a deep understanding of every facet of the homebuying process. Hiring the right

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Install Water Sensors to prevent costly water damage in your Home

If you have flooding from groundwater outside when the rain comes down hard and you have poor drainage around your house, or lots of snow melt in the Spring, water sensors will help. If the water

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Inventory May Be Low - But Check Out These Affordable Homes in the 80232 Area

Today, the market is slowing, the holidays are coming, but you can still find an affordable single family house in the 80232 area to share your Covid lock-down time in 2021.  Check them out.

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Downsizing over the Holidays

Holidays can be stressful, even during COVID, baking, shopping, hustle and bustle busy-ness, and when we shop for others, we tend to buy for ourselves too. We end up with more "stuff" and later wish

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Preparing Your Home for Snow in Winter Months

It's time to think about winterizing your home to prevent damage to your properties. Here are a few tips:Set the thermostat no lower than 60 degrees.Shut off and drain your sprinkler system

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Things to consider when buying Horse Property in Colorado

I am a Horse Owner Realtor.  I can help you find horse property in Colorado. Here are some things to consider when looking for horse property:Figure out how much land you will need. 

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Call of the Wild - Rural Properties are Coveted in 2020

In 2020, cities are seeing their residents flee to the suburbs and beyond. While space has become more of a trend in the last decade, COVID-19, politics, and incomes are driving singles, families,

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Happy Veterans Day to all my Fellow Military Patriots, Looking for Benefits or Discounts You Deserve?

The Great War, World War I, ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. Veteran's Day began under Woodrow Wilson as Armistice Day one year later on the first anniversary of the

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Featured Homes in Lakewood, CO Zip Code 80232

These homes are very affordable in Lakewood, CO:  Click Here   If you see anything you want to get into, please contact me by texting:  melaniehood   to   

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A Home-buying Wish List Helps Narrow Down Your Options

When you are tired of renting and start hearing from your friends and family that interest rates are so low, you could buy a house cheaper than paying rent every month, it's time to really look into

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Should you set a deadline for purchasing a home?

Should you create deadlines to purchase a home?Well, you'll want to be flexible if you have a deadline so you don't rush making decisions or pay too much for a home, but you'll want to be ready to

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How to sell a home to a family member or friend and keep the relationship

I did it!  My mom referred her neighbor and my friend referred her daughter and I matched them together after discovering their needs, so we closed the deal and everyone was happy.  You

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Is your Homebuyer proposal competitive?

If you are looking for a home, you need to be ready to make an offer when you find the home you want.  First, you need to find a Realtor, so they can help you find the home, then get the offer

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I am never too busy for your referrals

Hi, my name is Melanie Hood, I am a Realtor working in the Denver, CO Metro area.  The recent house  I sold, I donated $100.00 to the Referral's Charity.  I will do the

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It's never too soon to think about your garden or yard

Fall is coming and then Winter, but it's never too soon to think about your garden or yard.  If you plan now, you can have beautiful flowers spring up next year.  Deciding what to plant is

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Home Seller's Perspective

Trying to see what the Seller's home perspective is, may help you purchase the home.My name is Melanie Hood and I sell Real Estate in the Denver Metro area.  I would love to help

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Set Yourself Up For Success When Purchasing a Home

Collaborate with a Real Estate AgentHi, my name is Melanie Hood and I sell real estate in the Denver Metro area. I work with all types of buyers, including first time home owners.;

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Options for Investing

Did you know you have options when investing in Real Estate?My name is Melanie Hood and I sell Real Estate in the Denver Metro area.  I would love to help you with your

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Budgeting for a Fixer Upper

Hi, this is Melanie Hood, a Realtor with EXIT Realty Cherry Creek, here to help you make decisions on your future purchase.  Are you the kind of person who likes to fix things? 

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The market is still hot!

Are you wondering how the market is doing during the COVID-19 Pandemic?Let me help you get the home of your dreams. If you have a home to sell, I can help get you top dollars for it.I am also

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Mini Split Air Conditioning Staying Cool During Summer

During these hot times, if you don't have a swamp cooler or central air conditioning to cool you down in your home, now is a good time to look at mini air conditioning units or individual room.&

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Hardwood Floors - Do you know when it's time to refinish?

Hi, my name is Melanie Hood, and I'm a reator working for EXIT Realty Cherry Creek.  I know some great hard wood floor finishers who would love to give you a quote on your hard wood.  

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Tax Deductions when Selling a Home and Tax Forms you need

Hi, my name is Melanie Hood, and I'm a realtor in the Denver Metro area working for EXIT Realty.  Were you able to take any deductions from selling your home last year?  Check out

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HOAs? Are they Voluntary or Covernant-based ?

Do your homework before deciding to live in an HOA as there are pros and cons.  Not everyone should live in an HOA, you need to learn more about the HOA, the area and if it is something you can

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Are You Prepared to Address House Selling Hurdles?

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Stay connected to Fight Off Loneliness during this Covid time

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We should be investing in our own home too

Hi, Melanie Hood here. Do you own a home? During this "stay-at-home" time, we should be investing in our own home.Now is a good time to fix what is broken, not just for yourself, but one day, you

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Why is a Home Inspection important? Check out this article to find out.

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Challenges associated with buying a zombie house

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Avoid Risk During the Home Selling Process

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Things you need to know before attending a House Showing

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Want to Live in Your Forever Home Long Term?

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Weather is Hot, So is Lakewood's Housing Market

I just put a house under Contract in Lakewood, check out more homes for sale in this zip code (80232):  https://melaniehood.denverhomesearchnow.com/ask

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Coming Soon 5 bedroom Ranch in Lakewood

SOLD - - - 1667 So. Yarrow Ct. Lakewood, CO  80232Beautiful home coming soon in Lakewood. Within blocks to shopping and restaurants. Five bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, finished basement, finished

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Top 10 Most Wanted Bathroom Features

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