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As the owner and managing broker of Kenna Real Estate, Brian is committed to the success of each and every sale and purchase in which his business is involved. He loves the negotiation process and makes it his mission to ensure that every one of his clients has a hassle-free transaction, from beginning to end.

More than 25 years in the home design and construction business allow Brian to approach his real estate practice from a unique inter-disciplinary perspective. His knowledge of home building as well as real estate sales and purchasing techniques will help you determine the best investment for your own lifestyle.

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Hidden Costs of a Real estate Transaction

The real estate industry can be a scary and confusing place for newbies. Even those with experience in the industry can still find it confusing to either buy or sell a home, as rules can differ from state to state, lending institutions all have their own protocols, and then there are the requests of the seller or buyer you are working with. Another thing that can come as a real surprise to both buyers and sellers are the hidden costs of a real estate transaction. These costs can be relatively small and minor, or quite high, even climbing into the thousands.

So, how can you be an informed buyer and/or seller? You can start by familiarizing yourself with the most common hidden costs.

Researching the Property Title

The last thing you want to do

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Regulating the quality of air in your home

 Even in a large, industrial city like Denver, the air inside a home can be more polluted than the air outdoors. As we spend up to 90% of our time indoors, making an effort to regulate the air quality can ensure the air is healthier to breathe and, in the long-term, less damaging to the fabric of the building. Well-maintained HVAC systems and adequate ventilation will reduce excess moisture, while filtering dust and allergens from very dry air can help to minimize health issues.

Filtering Dry And Dusty Air

Mold spores, pollen and animal allergens are commonly found in our homes, and, in Colorado, the dry climate can cause more dust to be present in the air. If left to contaminate your home, these particles can cause irritation and allergies, and

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Colorado was one of the first states to begin reopening, despite the strict lockdowns that were placed on the Denver Metro Area during mid-March to April. While the state is allowing many businesses to operate under strict guidelines—one ski area included—we’re still a far way away from returning to normalcy. 

Real estate in the area has been moving along despite the pandemic, and a lot of it has to do with the fact that we’re able to use tools to sell virtually. This goes from finding an agent, to creating a listing, and even to showing your home. The experts at Kenna Real Estate in Denver have put together some tips for selling your home virtually. 

Find an agent and make a plan

Finding a good real estate agent is more important than ever.

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Make money from houses

The world of real estate can seem intimidating to some, and while many understand the principle behind it, a lot might see it as a risk. However, virtually anyone can get started with real estate, and it’s much less complicated than many might imagine. You have all sorts of options open to you, whether you want to make some residual income, make a quick flip, or have a reliable store of value. Let’s take a look at some of the ways that you can make money investing in real estate. 

Home Flipping

Home flipping is when you buy a home that you feel is underpriced and sell it fast for a profit. A lot of people assume that flipping automatically has to involve major repairs, but that’s not always the case. In some cases, you might only need to make

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Top Hints On Maintaining Your House Exterior

Top hints on Maintaining Home Exterior

Whenever summer is close, we start fussing with cleaning out homes to prepare them for the hot season. However, it’s not only the interior that is in need of refreshment! The exterior look of our house is far more appealing for a good wash after winter. Besides, certain renovations might be needed like re-painting the faded walls. If that’s your situation, don’t forget to take a look at the guide about paints that might be helpful 

So prepare a brush and a hose, and check out the list of basic chores that will make your house shine!

Make your House Shine

 What to Do to Make a House Shine

In fact, not any house will need a top to bottom cleaning. Sometimes it will be more than enough to quickly rinse the terrace

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Real Estate Appraisal

Real Estate Appraisal:

Whether you're planning to sell your home or just curious to know what it's worth, you can find out with a simple evaluation. However, if you're planning to put your home in the market, it's best to learn and understand how to determine the value of your property. That way, you'll know whether an offer is fair or the assessors are giving you the right appraisal.

Don't rely on your neighbor's property value when trying to put a value on your own. Instead, you can follow the tips below to get a more accurate value or appraisal of your property.

1. Seek Professional Help of A Home Appraiser

The first method that you should consider to know the value of your property is to hire a professional home appraisal service.

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Covid -19 COVID-19 Tips for Managing Home Improvement Project


COVID-19 and the nationwide lockdown it’s inspired has definitely thrown a wrench into the home improvement plans of many homeowners. Now that states are beginning to relax restrictions, though, how can you keep yourself and your family safe while still making progress on your projects?

Keep in Touch with Professionals

Keep in Touch With Professionals

Many construction companies have remained open throughout this crisis, as the building and maintaining of key infrastructure is essential. Most have closed to residential clients, though, and once they allow homeowners to book their services again, the wait is likely to be astronomical.

The best thing you can do if you’re planning to start or finish a large scale project is to reserve a professional’s time now. Ask

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As with many things in life, presentation is vital when trying to sell your home. By properly staging your property, you make it the best version of itself, and more in line with the expectations of your potential buyers. But what does staging a house involve?

Think of the word "stage". The first thing that comes to mind for most is a theatrical stage. Perhaps in a play or a movie. Set designers will decorate the stage with props and lighting and make it look perfect for that moment when the director yells "action!"

Your home is your stage, and potential buyers are your audience. By strategically placing furniture, cleaning, and even replacing items, you can make your home as appealing as possible to would-be buyers. Here's how you go about

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A smart home is a delight for every homeowner because it makes life easy. You can control your home gadgets and appliances by using an application on your smartphone or computer.  As time passes smart homes are becoming more and more common in the Denver area.

What is a smart home?

A smart home, according to Investopedia, "is a convenient home setup where appliances and devices can be automatically controlled remotely from any internet-connected place in the world using a mobile or other networked device."

In the simplest terms, a smart home has various systems set up that can be controlled remotely.  Most commonly these various systems include lighting throughout the home, heating and air conditioning, garage doors, exterior door locks,

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I am so excited to share my list of must-have cake decorating accessories. I like to keep it simple in terms of the tools I use for cake decorating. When I do find a tool that I love, there is a good reason that I have fallen in love. Usually, it’s because the tool makes cake decorating quicker and easier. I am thrifty when it comes to buying my accessories because collecting them could easily get out of hand. However, the right tools can save you time and money over the long haul.

These 5 tools and accessories make cake decorating so much easier!

mixer blade

The Mixer Blade

There are lots of attachments for a stand-up mixer. They are designed to make the time you spend baking a whole lot easier. Flex edge beaters work so well that you never have to

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