I am always looking for where is the best place to put or hide a trash can. Even in the new homes there are limited spaces to where you can put a trash can that is functional yet cosmetically pleasing. This post on DIY Network shows a great idea on how to hide the trash can in your kitchen yet making it functional to where you need it. They put this one in an island but the concept could be used under kitchen counter tops as well. If you have a new home or an old one this may work. CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE
I found these interesting economic ratings of cities across the country in this article. Several of them are in Colorado and most include cities with tech companies located there. Interesting how tech is now driving things where manufacturing used to drive them. Real estate prices go along with economic factors so this is a good list of things to come. Cities with strong economic growth usually follow with strong real estate growth.
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Buying a home can be a complicated endeavor if not done properly. There are lots of moving parts that need to be put in play in the right order to make it a fun experience.
Establish your true "needs" of your new home. Asking questions like- Why are you moving now? What are you hoping to accomplish with this move? What budget and cash down do you have to work with? Where would you like to live?
After answering these questions is to talk to a lender. Spend the extra time up front finding out what you can qualify for and what you can expect with the different types of loan programs. In this competitive market it is vital to have a pre approval or lender letter in hand before beginning to look at homes and narrowing your searches. It normally takes a few days for this process but is well worth it and eliminates many surprises that can come up later on.