If you’re thinking about buying and/or selling a home in the near future, now is the time to sign up for one of my upcoming classes at Arapahoe Community College. Both of these classes are designed to give you the information you need to be prepared to buy or sell a home, here in Colorado.
My expertise is helping my clients make great decisions with great information when buying, selling or investing in real estate.
My extensive skills, experience and knowledge are unmatched in the real estate industry. I have experience in building, inspecting, fixing, investing and of course buying and selling. I have the information you need to move forward in the home buying and selling process and I’m happy to share it with you.
Learn about the home buying process from start to finish. Start with a review of the current Colorado real estate market and cover a variety of topics, such as: describing your new home, choosing a real estate broker, what to look for when viewing homes, negotiating with sellers, understanding the home inspection process, understanding real estate contracts and forms, and knowing what to expect throughout the process. Leave the class with the information you need to be an informed home buyer!
Sat, Apr 8, 10 a.m.-noon Littleton Campus
INDS 1001S01-82438 $25
Thu, May 4, 6-8 p.m. Littleton Campus
INDS 1001S02-82439 $25
Learn the step by step process to follow when selling your home. Review pricing strategies, what it costs to sell a home, recommendations for getting your home ready to sell, how to work with buyers and negotiating techniques. We will also review Colorado Real Estate Contracts and forms. Each student will be offered a free comparative market analysis of their home at the conclusion of the class.
Sat, Apr 22, 10 a.m.-noon Littleton Campus
INDS 1002S01-82440 $25
Thu, May 18, 6-8 p.m. Littleton Campus
INDS 1002S02-82441 $25
As many of you know my favorite magazine is The Family Handyman and I read it pretty much cover to cover each month (except for the car repair section). The April 2016 issue included 7 DIY apps for your smart phone. If you’re like me your phone is never far away from you and I think it makes sense to include these in your ‘tool box’. All of these apps have free and paid versions. I have downloaded only the free versions.
Below are the 3 apps I found most useful:
#1 Use your smart phone as a level. Just like my flashlight app, which I use all the time as a real estate agent, this one comes in very handy and works on both android and IOS. This doesn’t mean you don’t need a good level for your projects but it is great for a quick check of a picture, a shelf or anything else you’re wondering about. Note: The free version reads to a tenth (o.1) of a degree. The perfectionist in you may find that annoying. (Look for iHandy Level in the app store)
#2 Fraction Calculator Plus. I am a little embarrassed to admit that even though I have a degree in engineering when I have to add and subtract compound fractions I spend a LOT of time double checking my math. This handy little app does the work for me and saves a lot of time. If you’re measuring and cutting and need to add 5 7/8 + 3 15/16 and don’t want to drag out your 4th grade math skills this is the app for you. It too is available on both Android and IOS. The free version has ads but if you’re like me you’ve learned to ignore them. (Look for Fraction Calculator Plus in the app store)
#3 Floor Plan Creator. This app is only available on Android, sorry to the Iphone folks and you will probably find it more useful on a tablet. I happen to have a Samsung 10.1 Note which has a stylus, both of which make using this app easier. This is a great way to visualize how your home might look if you moved walls, removed a closet or decided to put in a window or rearrange your furniture. (Look for Floor Plan Creator in the app store)
If you use any of these I’d love to know what you think.
About 9 months ago I had to euthanize my last cat. It was very difficult and I needed to take some time before I brought another kitty into my house. Once I decided it was time I had to get ready for our new roommate.
Here are some basic instructions for the cat tower I decided to make so my cat would have a place to retreat to when the world got a little crazy or the grandkids came over.
I had never done anything like this before, I got some ideas from the internet and then decided to just wing it from there. It definitely isn’t fine woodworking but my new cat is just fine with it.
Here’s the finished tower.
Cat Tower Materials:
3/4″ OSB, 2″ PVC piping, 2″ wood dowel, sisal rope and 2 part epoxy.
I used the OSB for the 3 shelves (bottom, middle and top)
The bottom and middle are 24″ x 24″ and the top is 24″ x 18″.
I then created the box that has 2 sections with 3 entry points. My intention is to get a 2nd cat eventually.
The box is 24″ high and 18″ x 18″ square.
I first cut the 4 sides, then marked the placement of the 2 holes in 3 of the 4 sides.
I then cut 2 holes, using a jigsaw, into 3 of the 4 sides
I then assembled the box using triangle pieces cut from scrap 1 x 4 placed in the middle of the sides to provide the base of the upper box.
I cut the shelves to size and cut off the corners.
I used 24″ long 2″ diameter PVC pipes for the support posts. I glued 6″ lengths of wood dowels into the ends to have something to screw into when attaching to the shelves. I then wound sisal rope around the PVC for the cats to use as scratching posts.
I then covered everything with carpet that I found at the Habitat for Humanity Restore for under $15.
Then I assembled all together.