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not the educated seller
Part 1 of the Creating Multiple Offers Series

Offered by Greg Portlock

Over the next few months, I will be writing a series of articles to help you get multiple off ers when you sell your home. Although I want these to be useful and thought provoking, they are insights from over 23 years of selling homes, and should be just part of an overall marketing plan that hopefully I will play a part in creating for you. Most of my clients get me involved sometimes months before they go on the market and I love when they do because it helps build trust in our relationship and confidence through a well-planned process.

“Sellers are getting mulitiple offers for more than asking price”. Chances are this is not news to you. It’s happening all the time in this amazing sellers’ market. It almost seems like you could just fall into that situation no matter what you do or who you hire to do it. Sometimes that can happen, however I don’t believe in leaving something that important to chance. Multiple offers is what creates leverage for you the seller. Not only do they get your price up, they give you the ability to ask for the most favorable terms for you. I’m calling this series of articles Creating Multiple Offers.

The first item I want to talk about is condition. Buyers want to buy a home that is “move in ready”, and they will pay top dollar for it. It’s amazing how much this important item is overlooked. I’ve never heard of someone not writing an off er on a home because it was in too good condition, however the amount of off ers you get can be limited because of maintenance issues. This should be on the top of the list for people selling and wanting to be in the driver’s seat. What about painting, carpet or repair allowances? The truth is lenders don’t like them, and you have to give 40% more than you would pay just to do it. For instance, if the cost of repainting the outside of your home costs you about $3,000 you would have to give them a $5,000 allowance for it to mean anything to them, because they would want custom paint colors and or upgraded paint or whatever. This goes for carpeting, windows, roof, and any other repair items. Getting these things done up front will get you more offers for a better price, and put more money in your pocket in the end.

Where do you find the time, money, or resources to get this done? One way is to find trusted contractors to get things spruced up, and if money is tight maybe they will take the money after you close and still do a great job. Since this is not a fairytale, I have a real solution for you. My “Refresh To Sell” program, where we bring in proven contractors, and we get these things done and you pay me back at closing. You can call me for details, but it’s very straight forward. Most importantly make sure your home is ready for sale before you put it out there. Over the next few months, I will be talking about the best time to sell, as well as the best way to present your home to the market, to ensure you get multiple offers.

Call us at (303) 521-7325.

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Offered by Dick Maul, MX Paca Pants Ranch

Worms are Super HeroesWorms are super heroes for your houseplants, garden, lawn, and trees. Why you ask? Earthworms eat organic material such as grass clippings, sticks, vegetable scraps, cardboard, manure, and pretty much anything that is not meat. Their excrement, called worm castings, is rich in microorganisms, producing a constant source of nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous ready for plants to use. When mulched into the soil, the microorganisms create a balanced ecosystem at the root which will not wash away into streams. Worm castings build up the soil and hold seven times more water than regular dirt. Best of all, worm castings are 100% natural and completely free of potentially hazardous chemicals. You can let the children help spread it and it will not hurt them or your animals.

Worm castings can be used several different ways. For new sod, after the ground is prepared, spread a thin layer of castings (1g/80sf) before you lay the sod. For existing lawns, aerate the lawn, then spread a top cover of castings (1g/80sf) directly on the grass, and water normally. For existing plants, spread a layer (1/4-1 cup) of castings around the base. For new plants, mulch castings into the soil (1 part castings to 3 parts soil) before planting.

Castings are an eco-friendly, sustainable, and natural chemical-free way to help you reduce your water usage, have healthy plants, and great vegetables.

Call MX Paca Pants Ranch 303-655-8273 or go to for more ways to use Worm Castings.

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Offered by Paul Cucunato

Spring time is upon us, and the winds of the season are already setting records. We have much more in store for us in our beautiful and unpredictable Colorado climate. Are you prepared and protected for the storms ahead? Most people know the advantages of having Comprehensive Coverage as part of their insurance package on their car. If a hail storm comes through and puts hundreds of dents on your car, you are covered. That is always a great feeling of reassurance.

Your home is a much bigger investment than your car. Are you sure you have the right coverage on your biggest asset? Have you taken the time to look at your coverage, review it, and ask questions? Even better, has your insurance agent been part of this review and taken the time to meet with you and explain your coverage and any gaps you might have? Do you know if you are covered for replacement value or actual value if your roof is damaged? If the answer is yes to these questions and you are fully covered, confi dent, and informed- good for you. If the answer is no, I would like to assist you in this endeavor. I can review any policy you have- not just policies issued by State Farm. I would be happy to assist you and help ensure you have the protection you need.

We may like surprise parties, surprise visits from loved ones, and surprise gifts! No one likes to be surprised by not having the protection they expected by their homeowners policy when they need it most. It is imperative you are sure your homeowners policy is current on the values and coverages that you need and want.

At my office we take the time with each one of our clients to explain the outlying risks that you are exposed to. Our commitment to our community is to ensure you are educated, informed, and that\ you have protection you understand. Give me a call today and let’s get together. The coffee is on and we are here to work with you and assist you.

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Offered by Dreamscapes Landscape Center

We are excited to announce partnering with the Adams County Master Gardeners to present classes and host question and answer booths throughout the growing season. All Colorado Master Gardeners receive intensive, research-based training through Colorado State University. Training covers several topics including soils, plant identification, turf, plant diseases and pests. After training, Master Gardeners volunteer time back to their county to assist home gardeners with horticultural questions. Almost every county in Colorado has Master Gardeners and we are pleased to be working with Adams County to help you make your yard even more beautiful!

Upcoming Dreamscapes University Classes taught by Adams County Master Gardeners:

Basic Landscape Design
Saturday, March 19, 10am, Cost $5/person
Learn basics of landscape design including space usage and proper plant placement.

Question and Answer Booths–FREE
From April through July, Master Gardeners will be at Dreamscapes one Saturday a month hosting a question and answer booth. Bring your pictures, plants and questions for them. Specifi c dates and times to follow.

Future classes will be offered monthly throughout the growing season.

Call Dreamscapes at 303-288-8877 to sign up for classes or to find out about future classes.

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Offered by Academy for Dental Assisting Careers

Academy for Dental AssistingAcademy for Dental Assisting Careers founders always knew they wanted to start a business that gave back to hometown communities and have a positive impact on other people’s lives. One of their goals is to take a motivated person with little or no dental experience and teach them the “basics” of Dental Assisting. “We offer a quality and affordable education for people who are eager to either start or expand a dental assisting career.”

Success was found 6 years ago with 1 location and 1 class. Today ADAC has 4 locations and 8 different weekend certification courses for new and practicing Dental Assistants and Lab Techs. Their continuing educational courses help expand dental assistants skills and earning power. Academy for Dental Assisting Careers classes are taught within a dental facility by actively practicing Certified Dental Assistants, Hygienists, EDDA’s, Dentists and Lab Technicians. Training is both classroom and extensive hands on.

With high school seniors making decisions for the future, people looking for a career change or recently unemployed, many people are turning to a quick, vocational education as a way to improve their earnings prospects.

The 8 Saturday only, accelerated dental assisting program gives graduates the ability to enter the dental profession with confidence. They gain valuable knowledge and Certifications in the Basics of Dental Assisting, Dental Radiology and CPR. Academy for Dental Assisting Careers is Approved and Regulated by the State of Colorado Occupational School Board and active members of American Dental Assistants Association. ADAC has been Chamber nominated for Best Small Business of the Year and is Gold Star Certified by The Better Business Bureau.

Call us at 303-774-8100 for more information or visit us at

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Offered by Jim Vincent

Insurance for your Jet SkiThe weather gets warm, the sun starts beating down and what do we think about doing? We think about having a breeze blow in our faces while enjoying some of our “summer fun” toys! Boats, jet skis, motorcycles, ATVs or even traveling down the road in an RV can make the summer fun and exciting. But for those that own these great recreational vehicles, liability from unforeseen accidents can be daunting. When you are out on the water, the trails or the open road, you should be thinking about enjoying summer with your friends and family, and not worrying whether you have the right insurance policy.

Farmers gets it. That’s why Farmers developed special policies for you and all of your toys. We also off er coverage for personal property, towing and assistance, even for your trailer.

If you currently own or are contemplating buying a boat, jet ski, motorcycle, ATV or RV, stop by or give us a call and check out what exactly is covered in each of these policies. We would be happy to discuss options that are available to you. There are many options for each policy as well and medical and uninsured coverage that should be looked at before you hit the water, trails or highways.

The most important part of a relationship with an insurance agent is the trust that they have your best interest and safety in mind. The pairing of a truly committed agent and a great company like Farmers Insurance, makes figuring out your best insurance options easy while gaining the confidence that the most valuable things in your life are protected. Stop in or call us today for an estimate and evaluation of all your insurance needs.

We appreciate the opportunity to earn your business and we look forward to working for you.

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Offered by Ginny VanOeveren

Ginny Van OeverenAs a Life Mastery Consultant, Certified by the Life Mastery Institute, Ginny VanOeveren can help you design and manifest a life that’s in harmony with your Soul’s purpose. For over 3 decades Ginny has worked with organizations and individuals, helping them build their dreams, accelerate their results, and create richer, more fulfilling lives.

Ginny inspires and empowers all those that are drawn to her to live their highest vision in the context of love and joy. Her passion is teaching clients to unlock their true potential, achieve outrageous success, and live a life they LOVE living! Ginny is an inspiring speaker, passionate educator, and a highly sought after transformational coach.

Ginny has a BA and MA in education, both regular and special education. Her work history includes not only public education, but educational program development, 1:1 coaching, leadership in direct sales as well as partnership in development of multimillion dollar transportation businesses. She has been certified as a Dream Builder Coach and Life Mastery Consultant and has been on stage with such greats as Mary Morrissey and Bob Proctor.

Whether it’s a short 10-minute talk, a “Lunch & Learn’ training, a motivating keynote speech, or an afternoon workshop – your group, organization, or company will be ignited by this training, and they will “THANK YOU’ for bringing Ginny to them.

Click here for more information about their upcoming workshop
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Offered by Thollot Diamonds

Thollot JewelryIt’s time and you know it. You have to find a jeweler who can restore or repair the heirloom jewelry your Grandma gave you or the engagement ring with your specific diamond that was painstakingly selected so many years ago… Should you bring it to a large well-known corporate jeweler or a small local jeweler? Do Google and Yelp reviews tell you enough to know the true skillset of the jeweler working in the shop?

How can you be sure the work is done correctly? How can you know the diamond you leave will be the same diamond you get back? Can you use the same method you use to choose other repair services? If you were to interview a jeweler, would you even know what to ask?

Here are the 5 best questions you should ask and the answers you should consider before you walk away from your precious jewelry:

  1. Will my jewelry be sent out to a different location?
  2. Will the same jeweler who does the diamond setting also do the sizing, polishing, or finish work?
  3. Will the jeweler take necessary measure to give you the ability to confirm that the diamond you drop off will be the same diamond you pick-up?
  4. Can I really determine the skills of a jeweler before I leave my jewelry?
  5. (This question is one you should ask yourself) Can Yelp and Google reviews tell the whole story on quality of workmanship?

Please follow this link for a coupon and explanation of these answers and why these questions are important.

Thollot Diamonds takes great pride in handling your jewelry repair work with the greatest care possible. Stop by to experience our expert service for yourself!

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Offered by Brian Margolis

For college basketball fans this is the favorite month of the year. Will David take down a mighty Goliath? Who will that be? In real estate, it can sometimes feel like you are David and the process of buying or selling a home is your Goliath. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With our help, you will conquer the process. And just like gas prices these days, interest rates are still at all time lows. The historical average of interest rates has been 8.5%. We are less than half that!

If your New Year’s Resolution was to buy or sell your home, this is the time to do it. Our local real estate season is starting its “Madness”. You want to have someone represent you who knows their numbers, their profession, has an excellent reputation in the real estate community and knows how to look out for your best interest in this very competitive real estate market.

Brian Margolis continues to be one of the top agents in the nation by doing all the above. The Margolis Team has two offices, one in Westminster and one in Brighton. Call or text Brian at 720-352-0454 for a free Market Evaluation of your home or visit to see the new homes on the market the fastest.

Buying a house is one of the biggest financial decisions you will ever make. Brian has been helping individuals and families with this important step since 1999, by making it a fun and smooth process.

The Margolis Team is also hiring Realtors and admin positions. Email if you or someone you know is interested in a career in real estate.

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Susan Kline
Offered by Susan Kline

The vibrations around us are a result of many happenings that seem to be signaling change. Change in weather, change in political views, change in people’s understanding of present day turbulence in our society…..It all adds up to an opportunity to make things better and the possibility that it could get worse. So, what do we do as individuals to ride through this storm and stay sane?

It seems to me that it always helps to go back to developing further our own values, goals, and designs for our lives. While we’re a collective whole, each one of us has unlimited possibilities just waiting for us. I guess it totally depends on how much you want to find out what those possibilities are that you open door 1, 2, 3, or 4. This is the perfect time of the year to rally your strength and passion for learning and get ready to take on new adventures.

This issue has been exciting for me as I’ve not only met new advertisers, but, have been introduced to new services, products, and ideas from existing advertisers. My awareness has definitely been expanded and with Spring/Summer around the corner we’re happy to bring many of these new products, services and ideas to you in The Brighton Buzz. It’s soon going to be time to plant gardens, buy some flowers, and prepare for more outdoor activity.

Not only will plants start growing, but, the revitalizing feelings from all of this month’s Easter services and activities will bring the lift we need to move forward with our plans for the future. With the real estate market getting ready to explode soon, planning for a variety of children’s activities this Spring and Summer, and remodeling/redecorating our homes to make them the place you want them to be, there are many reasons to read through this magazine and find new possibilities for your life. There are many people in these pages that can make a difference in how you live. Give them a call and find out more.

The best to you this March,