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“We think of you as our realtor and friend”



Thanks, Carolyn. We both agree you are the best realtor that we have worked with. You are efficient and timely. You had so much helpful information about HG and WG. We apologize for needing to terminate on the Wheeler unit, but we made the offer thinking we could drywall and rearrange kitchen lighting. in this unit the kitchen lighting situation works out and we are happy with our choice.

You went far beyond your realtor obligations in helping us with remodeling ideas, getting us into the condo to make remodeling plans, and connecting us up with Bud. You also created an atmosphere that was comfortable and fun.

We think of you as our realtor and friend. We will definitely recommend you to others.

Stop by anytime you are at HG and we will have you for dinner when remodeling is done.

Celeste and Chuck

New 55place community opening in Broomfield!


Call me for more details!

Carolyn Ingebritson

Marijuana is Starting to Intersect with Real Estate

Marijuana is Starting to Intersect with Real Estate

On January 6, 2014, in Breaking NewsLaw & Policy, by Robert Freedman

You don’t think of the changing status of marijuana in many states as having a real estate impact but it does. In the states where medical marijuana is decriminalized (and in Washington and Colorado, where it’s decriminalized even for non-medical use), landlords and their rental agents have a disclosure issue on their hands. The landlord has to decide whether or not the rental property accommodates marijuana use, and if so, the rental agent has to be sure to adequately disclose the policy to prospective tenants. That’s just one of the issues stemming from the changing legality of this controlled substance.

The marijuana issue is one of several trending legal issues you’ll be hearing about more in the months ahead. Fracking, which involves extracting gas from shale rock, raises contractual issues: do the rights to the gas leases convey with the property in a sale? The answer is, it depends on what you negotiate. So, agents need to be up on the contractual issues that fracking raise and also has to be able to manage buyers’ and sellers’ expectations about who gets the rights to the gas leases.

NAR Legal Affairs identifies five trending residential real estate legal issues for 2014 and discuss them in this 9-minute video. The five issues are medical marijuana, fracking, pocket listings, IDX copyright violations, and broker liability for actions of a salesperson. Each issue has its own twist. The goal of the video is to make you aware of these twists so you can have a better idea of what to do if you find yourself dealing with one of the issues this year.

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I’m your SRES®


Every transition is an opportunity, regardless of your stage in life. With the right preparation, a new home can provide the fresh start and continual enjoyment you’ve been working toward.

By partnering with an SRES® like me during your new home search, you’ll gain the help and expertise of a REALTOR® specialized in meeting the needs of home buyers and sellers aged 50 plus.

I have both the education and real estate experience to serve as your trusted advisor through the unique financial and lifestyle transitions involved in relocating or selling your family home.


What is an SRES®

A Seniors Real Estate Specialist®(SRES®) is a real estate agent who is uniquely qualified to assist the 50 plus market in housing sales and purchases. The SRES® designation is awarded only to real estate agents who have additional education on how to help seniors and their families with later-in-life real estate transactions.

SRES® designees also draw upon the expertise of a network of specialists, such as estate planners, CPAs, and eldercare lawyers, and are familiar with local community resources and services. Their mission is to help seniors and their families navigate the maze of financial, legal and emotional issues that accompany the sale of the home and assist Boomers in relocating to the home of their future.


What qualities make an SRES® different?

  • Has knowledge, experience and compassion in dealing with 50 plus issues.
  • Can suggest housing alternatives, including ones that may allow an aging parent to remain in the home instead of selling it.
  • Takes a no-pressure approach to the transaction and has a strong service orientation.
  • Will take the time needed to make a client feel comfortable with the complex selling process.
  • Understands the emotional demands a sale can make on a 50 plus client, and tries to minimize them.
  • Can interact easily with all generations, including adult children and caretakers.
  • Is knowledgeable in senior housing options from active adult communities to assisted living.
  • Has a wide network of other senior focused professionals who can assist in tax counseling, financial and estate planning, and other aspects of the sale and move.

I’m pleased to be your SRES®.

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Carolyn Ingebritson


Healthiest Housing Markets in America

Eric WcWhinnie, Wall St. Cheat Sheet7:33 a.m. EST December 22, 2013

New housing gauge — Zillow Market Health index — compares housing markes nationwide.



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  • Zillow Market Health index combines 10 measures of housing market strength
  • If a metro area has a value of 8 on the index, it’s healthier than 80% of all metro areas
    • Rapid appreciation in home values can cause significant housing affordability longer term

The aftermath of the housing bubble will likely be debated for years to come. Many analysts say the real estate market is on a path to recovery, but some are waiting for the house of cards to collapse once again, when the Federal Reserve steps back from the table. One thing is certain: Some housing markets in the country are currently stronger than others.

A new housing gauge called the Zillow Market Health Index aims to illustrate the current health of a region’s housing market relative to other markets across the nation. The index combines 10 measures capturing home value movements, the time homes stay on the market, and the financial health of homeowners. It assigns a value for each region ranging from 0 to 10. For example, if a metro area has a value of 8 on the Market Health Index, the metro is healthier than 80% of all metro areas covered by Zillow in the United States.

While the index can help determine which metros are witnessing strength, it’s important to note that rapid appreciation in home values could cause significant housing affordability issues in the longer term. There’s also no telling how long before today’s winners turn into tomorrow’s losers. This was seen during the housing bubble, when the hottest markets quickly turned into the worst. With that said, let’s take a look at the 10 healthiest housing markets in the United States.

1. San Jose, California

Market Health Index: 9.04
Share of Homes Sold for Gain: 86%
Mortgages in Negative Equity: 7.6%
Days on Market: 45

2. San Francisco, California

Market Health Index: 8.85
Share of Homes Sold for Gain: 86%
Mortgages in Negative Equity: 12.4%
Days on Market: 47

3. Los Angeles, California

Market Health Index: 8.64
Share of Homes Sold for Gain: 86%
Mortgages in Negative Equity: 13.2%
Days on Market: 65

4. San Diego, California

Market Health Index: 8.41
Share of Homes Sold for Gain: 81%
Mortgages in Negative Equity: 14.7%
Days on Market: 61

5. Denver, Colorado

Market Health Index: 8.1
Share of Homes Sold for Gain: 86%
Mortgages in Negative Equity: 11.9%
Days on Market: 62

6. Boston, Massachusetts

Market Health Index: 7.43
Share of Homes Sold for Gain: 57%
Mortgages in Negative Equity: 12%
Days on Market: 83

7. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Market Health Index: 7.37
Share of Homes Sold for Gain: 87%
Mortgages in Negative Equity: 12.1%
Days on Market: 103

8. Portland, Oregon

Market Health Index: 6.49
Share of Homes Sold for Gain: 80%
Mortgages in Negative Equity: 16.9%
Days on Market: 66

9. New York, New York

Market Health Index: 6.01
Share of Homes Sold for Gain: 79%
Mortgages in Negative Equity: 17.3%
Days on Market: 146

10. Sacramento, California

Market Health Index: 5.99
Share of Homes Sold for Gain: 79%
Mortgages in Negative Equity: 23.4%
Days on Market: 64

MORE: Will your retirement savings afford basic living expenses?

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MORE: 5 reasonable economic predictions for 2014

Wall St. Cheat Sheet is a USA TODAY content partner offering financial news and commentary. Its content is produced independently of USA TODAY.

Guard Against Child Identity Theft


By Staff Writer

Chances are, you shred or secure any paperwork that contains personally identifying information, such as your Social Security number or birth date. But do you do the same for your children?

You ought to. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) estimates that at least 6 percent of all identity theft cases involve children. That’s because youngsters’ personal information is appealing to thieves, who can use it to build a clean credit profile where one doesn’t currently exist. Another reason: It takes longer to get caught.

Adults may be actively involved in the credit world, checking statements and scores, but “parents aren’t checking their children’s credit, so thieves can do more damage over an extended amount of time,” says Eva Velasquez, president and CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center, an organization dedicated to educating consumers and assisting victims.

The good news is, with a few simple steps you can better safeguard your children’s personal information and pursue any problems on their behalf.

Ask questions. Many schools and extracurricular programs ask for kids’ Social Security numbers and other personally identifying information in order for them to participate. Ask why they need this information and whether it’s mandatory. If it’s indeed required, “ask them how they will keep the information secure,” advises Velasquez. Then determine whether you’re comfortable with that level of protection.

Know warning signs. “If you’re receiving things in your child’s name that would typically be for adults only, that’s a red flag,” says Velasquez. Warning signs include:

  • Collection notices
  • Bills or new credit cards
  • Traffic violation warrants
  • Jury summons

Don’t request credit reports. Unless you have a strong suspicion or know for certain that your child’s identity has been compromised, resist the temptation to check for a credit report in your child’s name as a preventive measure. “If your child doesn’t have a credit file — and they shouldn’t — you could actually open one up accidentally by checking it,” says Velasquez.

Take action. If you suspect fraud — or can confirm it — contact the Identity Theft Resource Center immediately toll-free, at 888-400-5530. They’ll listen to your concerns and work with you on next steps. You’ll also want to contact the FTCto get help measuring the scope of the problem, and then file a report with your local police department.

Promote privacy. It’s important to teach children the importance of protecting their own personal information, so they don’t set themselves up to be victimized. Velasquez recommends teens and parents check out ConnectSafely, an online resource that offers tips for safeguarding your information online.

Get more information at Identity Theft Resources from State Farm®. For added security, look into identity theft insurance.

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