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Link Real Estate Group Receives 2017 Best of Castle Rock Award

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Castle Rock Award Program Honors the Achievement

CASTLE ROCK July 11, 2017 — Link Real Estate Group has been selected for the 2017 Best of Castle Rock Award in the Real Estate Sales and Service category by the Castle Rock Award Program.

About the Award

Each year, the Castle Rock Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Castle Rock area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2017 Castle Rock Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Castle Rock Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Castle Rock Award Program

The Castle Rock Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Castle Rock area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Castle Rock Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Castle Rock Award Program

Castle Rock Award Program

Best Winter Maintenance Tips — How to Avoid Frozen Pipes


We all know how unpredictable Colorado weather can be. Before that first cold snap takes you by surprise, do the following to protect your home and investment properties from costly repair bills. You’ll be glad you did!

1. Change batteries in smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and thermostats.

  1. Mark your water service shut-off and sewer clean out so that they can be found easily in deep snow.
  1. Clean Chimneys and wood stove fluesto reduce the risk of fire.
  1. Clean gutters and downspouts so you don’t get ‘ice dams’ over the winter.5. Freeze protectors that cover your outside water bibs are inexpensive and easy to install. Even more important, unscrew all outdoor hoses from hosepipes and let water drain out.
  2. If you need to use your outdoor hose in the winter, make sure you unscrew it after each use. Otherwise, water can freeze inside the hose and leak into the walls.
  3. Consider placing a lock box on the exterior of your home to provide emergency access if you are not there during an emergency.
  1. Be sure the driveway is properly marked& plowed to provide ease of access by EMS and repair contractors.
  1. Clear snow from decks and overhangs to avoid a potential  collapse or damage to the structure.
  2. Post emergency and utility company contact information in a prominent location.
  3. Wrap water supply lines in crawl spaces with insulation to help avoid frozen pipes.
  1. Buy leak alarms (similar to a smoke alarm, but they’ll detect moisture instead of smoke) and put them everywhere water might leak unseen–behind the fridge, under bath/kitchen sinks, near water heater. Catching leaks early can save thousands of dollars in damages, and untold frustration. You can get them at Home Depot or on Amazon.

Despite your best preventative efforts, things can still go wrong! Call me at Link Real Estate group and I’ll be happy to put you in touch with reputable contractors who can assist with repairs. Link is here to help!

Before You Buy a Home

Fed up with skyrocketing rents, noisy neighbors, and no parking? Buying a home could be the best financial decision you make in this lifetime. Before you start house hunting, though, consider the following decisions. A well-thought-out approach can make the transition from renter to homeowner as seamless as possible.

Before Buying–

–Research, research, research. Remember, you can change (almost) anything about a house except location. So, narrow down your search to the neighborhoods that work for you. Consider schools, churches, commute time, nightlife, parking, and walkability.

–Sort out your finances. Figure out how much you can afford in monthly payments–and remember, unlike renting, you’ll need to factor in insurance, taxes, HOA fees if applicable, and maintenance. You’re the landlord now!

–Obtain a pre-approval letter from a lender (many times, you will be expected to have this in hand when you make an offer on a house.) If you’re not currently working with a lender, Link will be happy to recommend some for you to consider.


 While Buying–

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–In a Seller’s Market like we have now (low inventory, lots of buyers), when you see a property that works for you, offer sooner rather than later. In the current market, attractive homes often receive multiple offers within hours/days of listing.

–Decide your bottom line and stick to it. If the seller counters your offer with one that is not acceptable to you, don’t be afraid to walk away. There will always be another house.

–After the inspection, discuss any questions/concerns with your broker. S/he is on your side and will negotiate on your behalf. Make sure you meet all deadlines as specified in the contract. Again, your broker will help you with this. This may be your first time buying a home, but she’s a veteran.

After Buying–

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–Congratulations, you’re a homeowner now!

–If your mortgage doesn’t include property taxes and home insurance, set up a savings account so you’re not scrambling when these are due.

–Start a list of competent professionals who can help you with repairs and improvements. For the first year, consider signing up with a Home Warranty company. These companies usually charge an annual fee and a nominal co-pay for service calls, but can save big on costly repairs. Ask you broker to set you up with one of these at closing.

–Make a list of repairs/improvement, and tackle them one at a time. Based on your budget, decide which to do first. A leaky roof will usually take precedence over a Jacuzzi tub.

–If you can, make at least one extra mortgage payment a year. This will save you tens of thousands of dollars over the course of your mortgage. In fact, if you can take out a fifteen or twenty year mortgage instead of a traditional 30-year, you’ll save substantial amounts of money over the course of the mortgage. According to Senior Loan Office Terri Davis of Colorado State Bank, “If you put 10% down on a 300k home, you’ll save $120k over the course of the loan if you pay it off in 15 years instead of 30.” That’s a lot of vacations!

–Heat up the bbq, chill the beer, and celebrate! You now own your own piece of America!

Tired of losing out on properties you fall in love with? A good realtor can make all the difference!  Link has over twelve years experience navigating tricky Mile High markets. Let Link Real Estate Group  guide you through the challenges of Denver Real Estate!

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