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Why Use Acquire To Buy A Home

Why should someone in Colorado Springs or someone who is relocating to Colorado Springs want to use Acquire to purchase a home for sale? The answer is very simple: We know the area. We are not just new transplants to Colorado Springs who decided to get a real estate license. Some of us were raised here. I personally remember going out to powers to shoot our guns in the junk yard. I also remember when [...]

The Benefits of Owning a Home

The Benefits of Owning a Home by Carla Hill We all know the social benefits of owning a home. Homeownership gives family stability, creates lower high school dropout rates, and of course gives the opportunity to create meaningful and lasting relationships. In addition to these great pluses, owning a home can be your largest financial asset. First, you'll have access to homeowner tax breaks, which include the mortgage interest deduction (MID), property tax deduction, and [...]

Whom to Contact (Maintaining – Q & A)

Click on the question below to view the answer. [su_accordion] [su_spoiler title="Where can I get a list of architects?"] For information on architects, contact the following: American Institute of Architects, 1735 New York Avenue, N.W.; Washington, DC 20006 or call (202) 626-7300. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title="Where do I get information on remodeling?"] Try these sources: * National Association of the Remodeling Industry, 4301 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 310,Arlington, VA 22203; (703) 575-1100. * "Rehab a Home [...]

By | February 17th, 2012|Ownership Discussions|0 Comments

Building Permits – FAQ

Building codes are established by local authorities to set out minimum public-safety standards for building design, construction, quality, use and occupancy, location and maintenance. There are specialized codes for plumbing, electrical and fire, which usually involve separate inspections and inspectors. All buildings must be issued a building permit and a certificate of occupancy before it can be used. During construction, housing inspectors must make checks at key points. Codes are usually enforced by denying [...]

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Homeowner Associations – FAQ

The 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act does not require strictly residential apartments and single-family homes to be made accessible. But all new construction of public accommodations or commercial projects (such as a government building or a shopping mall) must be accessible. New multi-family construction also falls into this category. In all states, the Federal Fair Housing Act provides protection against discrimination for people with physical or mental disabilities. Discrimination includes the refusal to make [...]

By | February 16th, 2012|FAQ, Ownership Discussions|0 Comments

Neighbor Disputes – FAQ

Can a condo association ban pets? A homeowners association can both enact and enforce such pet restrictions. As the following case illustrates, it is important to read a development's covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs) before you buy into it. Pet restrictions sometimes appear there. Also, if you have talked to other owners, you will know whether or not there is tolerance for pets. In the case of Nahrstedt v. Lakeside Village Condominium Association, Natore Nahrstedt, [...]

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Whom to Contact (Other Ownership Issues) – Q & A

Click the question below to view the answer. [su_accordion] [su_spoiler title="Where do I get information on homes with historic value?"] For information about homes with historic value, contact the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, D.C. at (202) 673-4000. [/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title="Where do I get information on housing market stats?"] A real estate agent is a good source for finding out the status of the local housing market. So is your statewide association of REALTORS, [...]

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Hiring a Contractor – FAQ

While hiring contractors recommended by friends is usually a safe route, never hire a construction professional without first checking him or her out first. If your state has a licensing board for contractors, call to find out if there are any outstanding complaints against that license holder. Also, call your local Better Business Bureau to see if there are any complaints on file. If you are satisfied with the answers you find there, interview [...]

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Avoid Foreclosure – FAQ

This situation is known as a "short sale." Sometimes home owners can negotiate with lenders and have them split the difference between the sale price and loan amount, which still must be paid. A short sale may be complicated if the loan has been sold to the secondary market because then the lender will have to get permission from Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, the two major secondary-market players. If the loan was a [...]

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