Readers Say I Could Write a Book on Real Estate. Perhaps I Already Have!

 Real_Estate_Today_bylineI have been writing this weekly column for over a decade. The last 5 years are archived at http://www.  JimSmithColumns. com. Below are some of the topics I wrote about going back to December 2011, in case you’d like to look for any.  Each column has a link so you can download it.  I have highlighted in bold the more popular ones.

What’s a “Material Fact” That Needs to Be Disclosed by Sellers and Agents?

How Many Square Feet Is Your Home?It Depends on the Website

How to Avoid the Most Common Real Estate Mistakes

How Should You Respond to an Offer to Buy Your Home Without Listing It?

My Favorite Sustainable Practices and Home Improvements

Beware the Less Obvious Costs of Ownership When You Buy a Home

What Is Your Capital Gains Tax Liability When You Sell Your Home?

You’ve Heard About Geothermal Heating, But How Does It Work, Anyway?

Do You Have Tenant-Occupied Property? Here’s Advice for Selling It

Post-Closing Occupancy Agreements Can Work for Both Buyers and Sellers

How to Appeal the County Assessor’s Valuation of Your Home

Selling a Home on the 1st or 2nd Day (or Without Listing It) Just Isn’t Smart

First-Time Buyers & Veterans Buying a Home May Be Overlooking a Huge Tax Benefit

When the Fed Raises Interest Rate, Do Mortgage Rates Increase?

What You Need to Know About Buying a New Home from a Builder

How to Find the Right Mortgage Professional

How Do Credit Scores Affect Mortgage Interest Rates?

Dealing With Real Estate Can Be Overwhelming for Senior Citizens

Where Should Zillow Fit Into Your Home Search Process?

What’s the Difference Between a Condo and a Townhome?

The Trend Continues: Winter May Be the Easiest Time to Sell Your Home

Millennials Want to Buy, But They Think It’s Harder Than It Really Is

Some Measures You Can Take to Re-duce Your Winter Energy Bill

Should Sellers Wait for Spring to List Their Homes on the MLS?

HOAs Are Supposed to Serve Members, But Are Often Reviled

Is Your Neighborhood Literally Going to Pot?  Will It Only Get Worse?

For Homeowners Over 62, a Reverse Mortgage Could Make Sense

HOA Transfer Fees Can Be Excessive & They Benefit the Management Company, Not the HOA

Why Should Buyers Even Look for Homes When Inventory Is So Low?

Did You Know? The ‘Grace’ Period on Your Mortgage Payment Isn’t Free

Who Pays for What When You Buy or Sell Real Estate?  It’s All Negotiable

Metro Area Property Tax Rates Vary Much More Than You Might Realize

House Hunting? How Do You Find a Home That Fits Your Lifestyle?

‘High Performance’ Homes Go Far Beyond Energy Efficiency & Solar Power

What Are the Services You Can and Should Expect an Agent to Perform?

Thinking of Becoming a Realtor? You Might Think Twice Based on This Survey

Considering Solar? We Can Help You Sort Through the Financing Options

What Is a Buyer’s Recourse When the Seller Fails to Disclose a Known  Serious Defect?

Here Are Some of the Common Pricing Mistakes Made by Sellers and Their Listing Agents

What Is a “Variable Commission” and Why Should Sellers Demand It?

Whose Side Is Your “Agent” On?  What You Need to Know About Agency Laws in Colorado

Did Your Listing Agent Find Your Buyer?  He Might Have Been Acting in His Best Interest and Not Yours

Some Listing Agents Seem Confused About How to Handle Multiple Offers

Higher Property Values Mean Higher Property Taxes, But Doesn’t That Conflict With TABOR?

Why Sellers Should Want Multiple Offers and How to Get Them

Colorado’s Property Tax System Makes It Costly to Keep Vacant Land Vacant

Questions to Ask When Interviewing a  Realtor About Listing Your Home

Cheap Electricity From Renewables Is Revolutionizing the Utility Industry

Here’s Some Different Advice for Buyers and Sellers in the Current Market

Chart Demonstrates Our Seller’s Market — More Sales from Fewer Listings

As a Listing Agent, I Used to Think Buyer Agents Were Overpaid, But Not Anymore

Understanding the Resale Value of Roof-Top Solar Installations

Understanding Real Estate Property Taxes and Why They Vary So Much

Some Pros and Cons of Buying and Selling During the Holiday Season

Here’s Some of What I Learned at the Realtor Convention/Expo

Deciding When It’s Time to Downsize Is a Very Personal Decision

What Is the Value of Hiring a Realtor When You Can Sell Your Home Without One?

Is Your Denver Area Home Listed on the Right MLS?  Here’s What You Need to Know

It Can Be Quite Stressful to Buy a Home When You Have to Sell One First

Everyone Has a Friend or Relative in Real Estate, But Should You Use Him or Her?

In Our Internet-Connected Marketplace, What’s the Role of Realtors Now?

A Familiar Challenge: Mom & Dad Need to Go to Assisted Living

Social Media Can Supercharge the Marketing of Real Estate Listings

You’d Be Surprised How Many Agents Compete for Your Business

In Greening Your Home, Where Do You Get the Most Bang for Your Buck?

Realtor Association Says “Marginal Agents Threaten Industry”

What Is Marijuana’s Impact on the Real Estate Market

What Can You Do If You Don’t Have the Money for a Down Payment?

Here’s Your Guide to Appealing the Assessor’s Valuation of Your Home

What’s Your Home’s Value?  Assessor, Zillow & Others Differ Widely

A Seller’s Market Is the Worst Time to Try “For Sale by Owner”

How Should a Seller (and Listing Agent) Handle Multiple Competing Offers?

It Takes Courage (and a Good Realtor) to Sell One House & Buy Another

Fifty Shades of Green: Big & Small Ways for You to “Go Green”

Explaining the Inspection Objection and Resolution Process

Mortgage Lending Gets More Challenging All the Time; Here’s the Latest

The Senior Property Tax Exemption Explained

More Than Ever, Overpriced Homes Sell for Less Than Underpriced Ones

Realtor Association Moves to Increase Realtors’ Professionalism and Skills

Sellers Risk Losing Out If They Sell Without Putting Home on MLS

Buyers Often Pay More Than They Should (in fees) When Buying a Home

Did You Know? You Don’t Need a Roof to Benefit from Solar Power

Buying That First Home May Not Be as Impossible as You Might Believe

Negotiating Multiple Offers Can & Probably Should Resemble an Auction

How Much Does Landscaping Help to Sell a Home?

Pros & Cons of Listing Your Home for Sale During the Holiday Season

Have You Wondered Why Some Homes Don’t Sell, Even in a Seller’s Market?

The Press, With Limited Understanding of Real Estate, Is Easily Manipulated

Did You Have a Bad Real Estate Experience? Here Are Some Actions You Can Take

What Owners of Pre-1978 Homes Need to Know About Lead Based Paint

What You Can & Should Accomplish From Inspecting the Home You Buy

 The Top 5 Reasons Homes Don’t Sell, Even in Today’s Seller’s Market

Should You Remodel Your Home or Buy a New One?

“Why Isn’t My House Selling”  Consider Your Selection of Listing Agent

“All My Agent Did Was Put a Sign in the Ground and Wait for It to Sell.”

Buyers Can Now Get Email Alerts About New Listings Within 15 Minutes

Fear of Homelessness Continues to Keep Sellers From Listing Their Homes

Sellers Often Ignore Their Own Self-Interest in Selecting a Listing Agent

Remodeling? Let Habitat for Humanity Do the Demolition

Here Are Some Ways Real Estate Agents Can Save Money — at Your Expense

HDR Imaging—Raising the Bar on Real Estate’s #1 Tool, Photography

Sellers Ask Themselves: Should I Sell Now, or Wait for the “Selling Season”?

Sure, You Can Sell Your Current Home, But Can You Find a New One?

Do Pocket Listings Make Sense in the Current Real Estate Market?

Your Home’s Under Contract — Now What Should Your Do & Expect?

‘Credit Repair’ Services Can Actually Lower Your Credit Score, Not Raise It

18 Questions to Ask When Interviewing an Agent to List Your Home

New to Colorado? Most Real Estate Transactions Here Are Lawyer-Free

Trulia & Zillow Are Great, But Not for Finding Homes Actually for Sale

Metropolitan Tax Districts Add Hidden Cost to the Price of Many Homes

Here Are Some Questions That Buyers and Sellers Have About Closings

Think Real Estate Agents Are Overpaid? Much of the Time We Work for Free

You Can’t Underprice a Home, But You Can Still Overprice It in This Market

Mold – The Hidden Danger in Homes and What You Need to Know About It

How Buyers Can Make Their Offers More Attractive Than Competing Offers

An Unwary Buyer Could Be Blindsided at Closing and Lose Earnest Money

The #1 Mistake of Sellers: Not Checking Their Home’s Online Presence

Homeowner Associations: Good or Bad? Here Are Some Points to Ponder

What Are the Buyer & Seller Costs Associated With Buying or Selling a Home?

What Happens at a Real Estate Closing? Answers to Common Questions

Here Are My Favorite Easy Improvements When Moving Into a New Home

Look at How Much the Cost of Installing Solar PV on Your Home Has Dropped

Here’s My Take on Radon Gas in Your Home, Its Risks, and Its Mitigation

How to Respond to Agents Who Send You Letters or Ring Your Doorbell

National Press Reports Continue to Mislead & Confuse Local Buyers & Sellers

Yes, Virginia, You Can Buy a Home with Less Than 20% Down Payment


Author: Golden Real Estate, Inc.

Golden Real Estate is a prominent member of the Denver/Jefferson County real estate scene. Based in Golden, we service both Denver and Jeffco, representing both buyers and sellers. We're well known for Broker Jim Smith's weekly "Real Estate Today" column published in the Denver and Jeffco editions of the Denver Post's YourHub section each Thursday. The column also appears in several weekly newspapers and is archived at We have nine agents, all of whom are Realtors and EcoBrokers. Our office is Net Zero Energy since December 2017, and several of us drive electrics cars. Known for our sustainable practices, we accept polystyrene (aka "Styrofoam") for recycling, keeping 200 cubic yards per year out of area landfills.

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