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Judy Browne

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Home Buyer Basics – Be Prepared! (Fall Classes)

In this real estate market it’s more important than ever for buyers to be prepared to enter the market. This class has been designed to give you the information you need to be successful in this market. As a student you will understand the home buying process from start to finish; the current Denver Metro real estate market; how to describe your new home; how to choose the right real estate broker. We will also review tips and techniques for writing a strong offer. You will leave the class with the all information you need for your home buying process to be a success.

Register for classes at the Arapahoe Community College Website.

Sat, Sep 15, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.   Littleton Campus
INDS 1001F01-68159                            $25

Sat, Oct 20, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Littleton Campus
INDS 1001F02-68160                           $25

 Sat, Nov 3, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.   Littleton Campus
INDS 1001F03-68161                             $25

Sat, Dec 8, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.   Littleton Campus
INDS 1001F04-68162                            $25

How To Sell Your Home – The Basics (Fall Classes)

It’s not as easy as you may think to sell your home in this market for the best price and terms. Take this class to learn all you need to know to sell your home. We will discuss the challenges of selling in a quickly moving market; the importance of the right pricing strategy; the actual cost to sell a home; negotiation tips and techniques and how to navigate the entire process. You will leave the class with information on the current real estate marker in your area, how to prepare your home for sale, how to choose a real estate broker and an offer of a free comparative market analysis of your home.

Registration at Arapahoe Community College website.

Sat, Sep 29, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.   Littleton Campus
INDS 1002F01-68163                            $25

Sat, Oct 6, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.    Littleton Campus
INDS 1002F02-68164                           $25

Sat, Nov 10, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Littleton Campus
INDS 1002F03-68165                           $25

Sat, Dec 1, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.   Littleton Campus
INDS 1002F04-68166                           $25

Senate Bill 18-015: Protecting Homeowners and Deployed Military

This article is copied from the “Capitol Connection Newsletter”, a brief weekly update of the Colorado Association of Realtors® Government Affairs Division.

Senate Bill 18-015: Protecting Homeowners and Deployed Military

SB18-015, sponsored by Senators Gardner (R-Colorado Springs) and Hill (R-Colorado Springs) and Representatives D. Williams (R-Colorado Springs) and Liston (R-Colorado Springs), allows for the removal of an unauthorized person (trespasser) from a residential property within 24 hours based on an affidavit from the true property owner. The rightful property owner is subject to the penalty of perjury if the information they report is inaccurate.  CAR’s Legislative Policy Committee (LPC) supports this legislation, and earlier this week, CAR testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee.   After that committee hearing, the Senate made three amendments to the bill.  Amendment L001 clarifies that the newly established crime of altering or damaging a home does not preclude the prosecution of violations under any other law, primarily criminal mischief giving prosecutors more flexibility in prosecution based on the facts of the incident. Amendment L002 tightens the crime to focus only on “material” alterations to property of trespassers not minor changes made to a property by a trespasser.  Amendment L003 adds security personnel as another type of law enforcement officer who is allowed to remove an unauthorized person from a property.

The unauthorized occupation of property poses a real menace to real estate when an unauthorized occupant moves into a vacant apartment or house without the consent of the true owner. Frequently houses targeted by unauthorized occupants are foreclosures or properties under-going renovations, but they can also be homes offered for sale by owners. In some egregious cases, families have returned home from a vacation to find unauthorized occupants living in their homes.  The result is that under existing laws, true property owners must spend time and money to go through eviction proceedings to remove these trespassers from their properties. SB18-015 creates an alternative process to remove the unauthorized occupant.  We anticipate a final vote on this bill in the Senate early next week before it moves on to the House of Representatives.

Colorado Association of REALTORS®
309 Inverness Way South Englewood, CO 80112

Filing your taxes and buying a home

I just received my income tax organizer from my accountant and I was reminded that this time of year can pose an extra challenge for my clients.  As you can see, my clients are never far from my thoughts, ahhh the life of a   real estate broker.  But seriously, I love my job.

I know you’re thinking “Really?? I just managed to get through the holidays and I don’t even want to think of income taxes yet” or “Are you kidding me?? I have enough on my plate with work, kids, finding a new house, etc, etc.  Why can’t I put this off as long as possible?”

Buyers hoping to beat the rush by entering the market in the Spring need to add one more task to the ever-growing list of things to do.

So what does filing taxes have to do with buying a home?  Buyers may be negotiating the closing on a property on or around April 15th and it may become an issue if their taxes have not been filed in time for the lender to get a transcript.

So what does that mean for you?

  1. If you’re already in process of buying, contact your lender and see what deadlines are in place for needing a transcript of your 2017 tax return from the IRS.  If you’re a “W-2” employee you should probably file as soon as you receive your W-2s from your employer
  2. If you’re self-employed and considering filing an extension  AND you owe money to the IRS you must pay (or have a payment plan established) PRIOR to closing on your home.
  3. If you’ve just started the buying process and are thinking of reaching out to a lender to get pre-qualified be sure to ask about 2017 tax filing deadlines.
  4. If you’re still on the fence about entering the market contact me and we can discuss what may be best for your personal situation.

My goal as a real estate professional is to do my best to see potential stumbling blocks before they upset your transaction. My goal is to insure you are always making great decisions with great information. 

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