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Skip the Line

[ 0 ] July 3, 2018 |

If you own a car, motorcycle, or another motorized vehicle you are certainly aware that you must renew your vehicle’s registration every year. Historically, this process involved waiting in line (for what seemed like an eternity) at the county courthouse. Fortunately, there are now multiple ways for you to skip the line during the registration renewal process.

To renew your registration online, go to https://apps.colorado.gov/apps/door/dmv/vehicle/registration/renewal/welcome.jsf. Online registration renewal requires that you have the following:

  • license plate number
  • credit card or checking account
  • a valid email address
  • current vehicle emissions, if applicable
  • current insurance

A few things to note about the online renewal process:

  • it can take up to 15 days for you to receive your renewal documents
  • you CANNOT renew online if your registration has expired
  • if needed, you can register multiple vehicles in one transaction

For more FAQs, visit https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dmv/online-vehicle-registration-renewal-faqs.

If you aren’t able to renew online you can save time by scheduling an appointment. Go to www.larimer.org/bookatime to make an appointment. I had to do this the last time I renewed my registration and it worked great! I was in and out in fewer than 10 minutes.

 

How I clear up space on my desktop

[ 0 ] June 22, 2018 |
 
I don’t like clutter — especially on my desk. So it logically follows that I attach as much under my desk as possible (doesn’t everybody?). Using Scotch Extreme Fasteners, one of my work computers (a Mac mini) and a backup hard drive are securely attached to the underside of my desk. I can’t attach everything to the bottom of my desk, but it works for a few things — which makes brain happy.

 

 

 

Our Favorite Life Hacks

[ 0 ] June 20, 2018 |
5. I try to burn 1000 active calories a day. This would be impossible if not for my DeskCycle 2. This small machine fits under my desk and allows me to passively pedal (and still get my work done) for hours at a time.
4. I have used DayOne as a family diary for years, but I’ve recently expanded its use. I now have journals for things like yard work, dog records, and receipts. If I need to know the last time I fertilized my lawn I look in DayOne.
3. With 5 in our family, we have a lot of shoes. We’ve tried many different ways to keep them organized, but nothing stuck until I created my ‘wall of shoes’ in our garage.
2. I hate clutter. This compulsion leads me to find/create order where I can, which in turn led to using velcro to store my computer at work (a Mac Mini) and external hard drive under my desk.
1. There are many practical ways to use the Amazon Echo, but using it to add items to the grocery list is by far the most useful in my family. Combine this with grocery delivery, and we have to save hundreds of hours/year.

Our Stabilizing Market

[ 0 ] September 20, 2017 |

In Northern Colorado, anyone paying attention knows the real estate market of the past few years has been booming for sellers. Based upon firsthand experience, without looking at a single stat, we would tell you homes are much more attainable now as compared to 2014-2016. In the three previous years, it was very difficult for a buyer to have an offer accepted on any home priced under $400k — even if they offered more money, and even if they removed some (or all) of the contract contingencies. While the current Northern Colorado real estate market is still skewed toward sellers, it’s no longer ONLY a sellers market.

This is our experience, but what do the stats say? We looked at the past three years’ sales in the Brown Farm neighborhood in Fort Collins, during the months of June 15 to August 15. We chose this neighborhood because it’s large (which means there would be plenty of data), and because the price range is generally average for Fort Collins.

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Before your home is listed

[ 0 ] June 23, 2016 |

When listing your home, we break down our job into three sections; this post is concerned with the first section. In this post, we will share a few of the things we do/consider before your home officially hits the market.

First, we assume you want to maximize the market value. As such, it is our job to lay out everything that can be done to achieve this goal. For example, If we think new carpet would help maximize market value, we’ll obtain estimates and will then let you know if it is worth the cost; new carpet might support a higher sales price, but if the cost exceeds the estimated increase the value, it may not be worth it. We’ll gather any needed information/estimates and will ultimately have a plan that, we believe, maximizes the market value.

We’ll also let you know exactly what we think your home should look like when showings begin. We’ll talk you through, often room by room, what we feel should be done. This could include removing or adding furniture, or it may mean rearranging furniture. We might also suggest removing some photos but adding others. Or, we might suggest that removing everything from a given room/area is the best plan. We’ll offer suggestions related to not just the inside of the home, but also the outside. Depending on the home/neighborhood, the outside of the home is often as important as the inside.

We’ll make suggestions based on these (and other) factors, but you’re the boss, so it will ultimately be up to you to decide what is completed. Stopping 

short of completing all suggested changes might affect the market value a little, or it could affect value a lot — it will depend on what you decide not to do. We will share with you what is most important, and what is least important — you’ll have to decide how far you can/are willing to go.