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How to Dispute Your Property Taxes

A successful property-tax appeal can save you plenty of cash.  If your local government tells you your property value has gone up–and therefore your property taxes–you can either pay the increased tax or challenge the assessment. You have the right to appeal any assessment you believe overprices your property; in most counties, this will be done by going before a board of appeals and presenting evidence that the assessment was in error. Depending on the value of your home and the local tax rate, a successful appeal can save thousands of dollars.

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Learn the appeals procedure for the county your property is located in. You can find the information on the county government or tax assessor’s website, and download the necessary forms. The timing of your appeal is particularly important: most Colorado counties have a deadline in May/June.

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Contact your tax assessor and find how they determined your value. If you can show they wrote down the wrong square footage for your house or the number of bedrooms, or that she missed an exemption or deduction you’re entitled to under the law, that may be enough to win your case, the This Old House website states.

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File your appeal according to county procedure. This may include paying a fee (although not common). You’ll be notified when your appeals hearing is scheduled.

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Collect evidence that your house was overpriced. If you can find comparable properties that sold for substantially less around the time that your house was appraised, this would be evidence that your value isn’t what the assessor states. You can try using the assessments on similar houses for the same purpose, Business Week states, but state exemptions will complicate that. In California, for example, assessed value only rises 2 percent each year until a house is sold and reassessed: If your neighbor bought his house 10 years ago and you bought an identical model last month, that may explain any difference in assessed value.

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Attend the hearing, or send a representative in your place. Failure to make your scheduled hearing will probably result in the board rejecting your appeal. Be prepared with any forms or documentation you’re required to have: San Francisco’s Board of Appeals, for example, requires you provide six copies of any relevant paperwork.

Article by: Fraser Sherman

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America's Most Romantic Homes

America’s Most Romantic Homes

On February 10, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Melissa Tracey
Can you feel the love in these homes? TopTenRealEstateDeals.com recently highlighted the most romantic homes for-sale in the world, from the mansions of celebrities to the homes where kings and presidents once lived. Here’s a rundown of the homes that made its list:
1. King Edward’s Love Nest
Location: Just north of Chicago
Price: $12 Million
Chicago’s Schweppe Estate once hosted a former King of England, Edward VIII, who left the British throne in 1936 to be spend time with American Wallis Simpson here. It sits on 5.3 acres and features a 24,500-square-foot English Renaissance mansion with 10 bedrooms, 16 bathrooms, and 11 fireplaces, as well as a library, family-game room, elevator, sauna, leaded glass windows, hand-carved limestone stairs, and fountains.
2. The Romance of Remembrance
Location: Suisun Valley, Calif. (near Napa)
Price: $22 million
At the Villa de Madre estate, the owner reconstructed one of the buildings to resemble a 1950s soda shop, where he and his wife had their first date. Also along the estate, he replicated several downtown storefronts – from the grocery store, Rexall Drugs, Harley Davidson, and tackle shop – of where the couple would stroll past when they first started dating. The 80-acre estate also includes 63 acres of vineyards, which produces 150,000 bottles of Cabernet wine annually. The main house includes 22,882 square feet.
3. Romantic Island Retreat
Location: Costa Rica
Price: $29.75 million
This 50-acre oceanfront jungle retreat in Costa Rica belongs to actor Mel Gibson. The Happy Planet Index ranks Costa Rica as the happiest country in the world for its safe streets, gorgeous weather, good medical care, and thriving economy. This estate includes three homes, with the main hacienda-style home overlooking a beach and featuring seven
bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a courtyard, and pool.
4. The Romantic Elkhorn Ranch
Location: Big Sky, Mont.
Price: $26.5 million
This 160-acre, Montana estate featuring mountain views belongs to Entertainment Tonight host Mary Hart and husband TV and film producer, Burg Sugarman. It’s located inside the exclusive Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, Mont., a resort that provides a private skiing and lift system as well as an 18-hole golf course. This ranch consists of three building, including a 7,000-square-foot, six bedroom, seven bath main residence, as well as guest quarters and a four-stall horse barn.
5. A Plantation Deep Rooted in History
Location: Off the banks of the James River in Prince George County, Va.
Price: $20 million
This plantation has been designated a National Historical Landmark and has been in agricultural operation since 1607. With a rich history, the plantation once belonged to Nathaniel Harrison, a family that produced multiple governors and two U.S. Presidents, and the plantation also has family ties to William Shakespeare. Thomas Jefferson is credited with designing the central section of the main house as a gift to his friends, the Harrisons. This plantation has more than 4,500 acres – 1,600 of which grow soybeans, wheat, barley, and corn. The farm has 14 structures, including a horse stable, and two-story brick mule barns, a dairy barn, and more. The Palladian styled main house – reminiscent of a Roman country house — is 7,700-square feet with seven bedrooms and seven baths.
6. Sensual Sensation
Location: Palm Springs
Price: $14.5 million
Actress Suzanne Somers home and husband TV host Alan Hamel have been married for 36 years, and have called this romantic Palm Springs home for years. The home is modeled after L’oustau De Baumaniere in Provence, France. It’s located on 73 acres on a mountainside above the valley in Mesa Canyon. The estate features an outdoor amphitheater carved into the mountain that can seat 50, a dance floor, and a pool, spa, hiking trails, and natural waterfall that inches down the hillside.
7. West Indies Hideaway
Location: St. Barth Island
Price: $11.59 million
Actor Steve Martin’s Villa Au Soleil is located high in the hills of Lurin, St. Barthelemy, and includes a 28,191-square-foot, tropical colonial-style home that sits above the Atlantic Ocan. The home features views of the ocean, multi-level terraces, and a two-tiered infinity pool.
8. The Kennedy’s Honeymoon Haven
Location: Beverly Hills
Price: $115 million for-sale, or leased at $600,000 per month
After they were married in 1953, John and Jackie Kennedy honeymooned in this 1920s era Beverly House, which features more than 50,000 square feet in a blend of Spanish and Italian style. The home features gardens, which were used as the backdrop for scenes in “The Godfather,” “The Bodyguard,” “Topaz,” “Into the Night,” among other movies. The estate boasts 29 bedrooms, 40 bathrooms, two guesthouses, and a separate apartment. It is located three blocks from Sunset Boulevard.
9. Water Views Everywhere
Location: Houston
Price: $14.5 million
Actors Ryan O’Neal and Jacqueline Bisset, stars of the 1973 movie “The Thief Who Came to Dinner,” filmed most of the movie at this Houston mansion. The home belongs to the Van Dyke family, and is located on 2.8 private acres, which inclues an 11,737-square-foot home. It features plenty of water throughout its grounds – from pools, waterfalls, pool island with trees to pools in shade; pools in the sun; and a small lake. It also has one of the largest private pools in the U.S. The grounds also feature an orchestra stage with an outdoor kitchen, spa, and guest house.
10. A Private Gulfstream Island
Location: Near the Florida Keys
Price: $5.995 million
Located on the Atlantic side of the Overseas Highway, Melody Key is situated a half mile off Summerland Key. The island can be reached by boat only. The home is powered by solar and features a desalination system for fresh water. The main house has 2,800-square-feet with three bedrooms and two bathrooms and an observation deck to watch sun rises over the Atlantic or sun sets over the Gulf of Mexico. The grounds include a swimming pool and spa surrounded by tropical trees. This estate also comes with a waterfront lot with dock on Summerland Key.

Article by: Melissa Tracey

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It’s all about love…

This month we are sponsoring a special concert

for all you lovebirds out there!

 

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Dave & Tara Powers are putting on a Concert at the Madcap Theater on Feb 12th! Come out with your Sweetie or group of friends! It’s going to be a fun night of love songs and entertainment! Oh, and they’re inviting some pretty awesome special guests too!  Mark your calendars now and buy your tickets before they sell out! We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Nothing says “I Love You” like a new home!   

Let us help you give the gift of love

and search for your new home!

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The Superbowl of Real Estate. Denver vs. Seattle

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Seattle vs. Denver:

In Real Estate, Who’s the Champ?

As Seattle and Denver prepare to face off on Sunday in Super Bowl XLVIII, where do these cities score points when it comes to real estate?

ZipRealty Inc. recently compared the housing stats in Denver and Seattle to see which metro is better at “gaining yardage”; has the most “veteran” players; moves the fastest; offers the most expensive “players”; and features the best “coaching” staff, or real estate agents in this case. In other words, ZipRealty analyzed average lot size, new construction versus existing home sales, median days on the market, median sales price, and agent ratings and reviews on ZipRealty.com.

Here’s how the two cities stacked up against one another:

1.)  Which metro gains the most yards?
Denver’s average lot size: 74,636 square feet
Seattle’s average lot size: 60,754

2.)  Where are the most veteran players located?
Denver’s percentage of new homes: 5.4%
Seattle’s percentage of new homes: 5.3%

3.)  Whose players move the fastest?
Denver’s median days on the market: 18
Seattle’s median days on the market: 32

4.)  Which metro has the most expensive players?
Denver’s median home sales price: $259,000
Seattle’s median home sales price: $285,849

5.)  Whose coaching staff is the best?
(Based on ZipRealty’s agent ratings and reviews from customers)
Denver’s average agent ratings: 4.91 out of 5
Seattle: 4.84 out of 5

Compare some of the players’ real estate choices at realtor.com®. For example, it’s a duel for the most luxurious wine cellar: Denver’s quarterback Peyton Manning’s 16,600-square-foot mansion home versus Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch’s 7,000-square-foot, $3.6 million waterfront estate.

Source: ZipRealty, RealtorMag

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GO BRONCOS!

The Strange Team is ready for a Superbowl Victory this Sunday!

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Alan Strange and his team are cheering on the Broncos this Superbowl Sunday!

Along with watching the game we will be keeping tabs on all those great Superbowl Commercials!  According to Mashable, the top 10 all time favorites are:

            

Coca-Cola | Mean Joe Green

Coke’s Mean Joe Green ad may be the most well-known Super Bowl ad of all time — if not the most well-known commercial period. The ad originally aired during the 1979 game and shows a child melting Mean Joe’s heart by offering him a bottle of Coke.

 

Pepsi | Cindy Crawford ad

More than a few people probably fell in love with Cindy Crawford from this 1992 Pepsi ad, which showed off the newest Pepsi can design.

 

Noxema | Farrah Fawcett and Joe Namath

Crawford wasn’t the first super model to pitch a product in a Super Bowl ad. In this classic Noxzema commercial from 1973, Farrah Fawcett rubs shaving cream on Joe Namath’s face.

 

Apple’s ‘1984’ Macintosh Ad

Apple has had plenty of popular ads over the years, but this ad may still go down as the company’s most memorable. The commercial aired during the 1984 Super Bowl and introduced the world to the Macintosh Computer.

 

Budweiser Frogs

Love them or hate them, those Budweiser frogs definitely made sure Americans would never forget the brand’s name: Bud. Weis. Er.

 

Fed Ex | Caveman Superbowl Commercial

FedEx has stayed away from advertising during the Super Bowl in recent years, which is a shame considering how good this 2006 commercial was. The ad showed a caveman mailing a bone via pterodactyl only to watch it be eaten by another dinosaur. The caveman is then chastised by his cave mate for not using FedEx.

 

Monster.com – “When I Grow Up”

Internet companies don’t always have the best ads — just think about Groupon and GoDaddy — but Monster.com struck gold with this commercial showing kids talk about what they want to be when they grow up.

 

Old Spice | The Man Your Man Could Smell Like

Old Spice introduced the world to Isaiah Mustafa — undoubtedly the most charismatic pitchman in the company’s history — in this 2010 Super Bowl ad. The commercial went viral and was followed by a series of others.

 

The Force: Volkswagen Commercial

This Volkswagen commercial was the big hit of the 2011 Super Bowl and the year overall. The ad shows a child in a Darth Vader costume trying (unsuccessfully) to use the force on a range of objects in his house. It finally “works” on the Pasat, thanks to a handy remote in the father’s hand.

 

Honda CR-V Game Day Commercial – “Matthew’s Day Off”

How can you go wrong with Matthew Broderick reprising his role as Ferris Bueller? The answer, as this 2012 ad shows, is that you can’t.

 

How about you?  Did your favorite make this list, or do you have another all-time favorite?  Tell us below!

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Open House this Saturday at Landmark Longmont Acreage Home!

This Saturday, February 1st, start your Superbowl weekend off by seeing this super home!  

Open House 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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Acreage Homefor sale in Longmont, CO Beautiful country setting for an impressive home in Meadow Vale Farm Community on 1.07 acres with expansive, unobstructed views of the Colorado Rockies. All the toys will fit, this  lovely home made for entertaining.

Main floor master, custom gourmet kitchen with granite counters, craft room, formal dining & living room, 3 outdoor decks, spectacular front range mountain views, soaring vaulted ceilings, marble tile entry, 3 gas fireplaces, 5 car garage with shop, over 5000 square feet of quality built home!

Find out more about this property at this Saturday’s open house or click here for more info & directions!

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