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Thursday, January 31, 2019   /   by Karla Martin

Generating Interest in Your Newly Listed Home

At BPG Realty, we have determined that a property generates the most interest when it first hits the market.  Understanding buyer motivations and market realities are critical to ensuring an appropriate listing price.
When it’s a buyers’ market, the condition of your home becomes a very important factor and should be competitively priced.
When it is a seller’s market, your home can be priced a little over the market and minor imperfections can be overlooked.
Pricing your home too high for market conditions risks missing the critical window of excitement and may fail to generate strong showing activity.  Many home sellers make the mistake of pricing their home from an emotional 

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019   /   by Karla Martin

Amazing 3-Bedroom Home in Aurora Priced at $333,000

If you are looking to buy a home, this 3-bedroom, 3-bath home in Aurora might just be what you are looking for.  This bright, open two-story townhome lives like a single-family home, with lots of windows and a private rear yard with patio.  Priced in the low $300’s, this move-in ready home won’t last long.
The main level is an open floor plan with tons of natural light. The living area includes wood laminate flooring, a gas fireplace and a ceiling fan. The kitchen includes tile flooring, brand new stainless appliances and a bar-height counter.
Upstairs, the spacious master bedroom offers a vaulted ceiling and fan plus balcony access. Two additional bedrooms and shared bath complete the upper level.
You’ll find new paint and carpet throughout the home. A huge unfinished basement and attached 2-car garage allow for storage and expansion.  Other features include central air-conditioning, wired Internet access, skylights and washer and dryer hookups.&nbs ...

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Wednesday, January 09, 2019   /   by Karla Martin

Preparing your home for a showing

Your home is now on the market and you are ready for showings…what do you need to do to prepare your home for potential buyers to view it?  BPG Realty has some helpful showing tips to welcome visitors and make your home present as well as possible.
Open all draperies and window shades during the daylight hours.
Turn on all lights and replace bulbs with appropriate wattage bulb where needed.
Open windows 3- minutes prior to showing to circulate fresh air during warm weather.
Place fresh flowers on the kitchen table and/or living space.
If possible, bake cookies or bread to add an inviting aroma (don’t use overpowering air fresheners or leave candles burning).

For more helpful tips on selling your home, buying a new home, or marketing your home for sale, reach out to the Bogar Pilkington Group at 303-459-6156

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Monday, January 07, 2019   /   by Karla Martin

Navigating Home Inspections - Furnace

BPG has produced a series of videos that will walk you through a variety of home inspection topics.  The first in the series touches on Gutter Maintenance.  



Your furnace needs to be maintained, with good air flow.  Changing filters between monthly and quarterly is a low-cost way for you to improve the health of your furnace.  Cleaning and evaluating the furnace is a good idea prior to listing your home for sale.  If you have an older furnace, carbon monoxide poising is a risk, so try to schedule inspections twice a year to ensure a healthy system.

This video is a quick guide to furnace maintenance, courtesy of the Bogar Pilkington Group and Seven Stars Home Advisors.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018   /   by Karla Martin

Finding the Right Real Estate Agent for you

With thousands of Realtors in the Denver-Metro area, choosing the right one is an important task.  BPG Realty has created a list of questions you can ask, to help you find the right agent for your specific needs.


1.       Are you a full-time or part-time agent?


2.       Are you a single agent, or do you work with a team?


3.       How many homes have you sold in the past year?


4.       What is your policy on responding to phone calls, emails, and text messages?


5.       When will I receive updates on my home and others in my area?


6.       Will my house receive Targeted and Tailored marketing?


7.       Do you prospect for buyers daily?  How do you approach buyer prospecting?


8.       What is the averag ...

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