Friday, January 18, 2013

Colorado Springs Real Estate

Colorado Springs investment property Colorado Springs is a place of mesmerizing beauty and splendor. It's a place where anyone would like to own a home. If you are one of them, then your wish and decision is commendable. Either you are a local of Colorado Springs and want to acquire another house; or you are a resident of some other state and want to relocate or invest in real estate in Colorado Springs. Here you can get the best of deals and property to invest in. Whether you are looking for mountain property or a roof space in the down hill area, you'll find anything and everything you desire.

How to go about buying your dream house in Colorado becomes the first most important question.

All you need to start with is keeping certain things in mind in order to get the best property. Buy property through a reliable realtor or real estate agent. As they do all the paperwork and footwork for you, all you have to do is sign and pay for your property. But if you don't want to hire one, you need to start with first educating yourself well about the real estate of the city. Talk to your friends already living in that area. Tap the forums on the Internet.

Decide on a budget and look for the properties that fall within your budget. Look for the financing schemes on the property. If you decide on buying something, take a close look at it. With the help of these few measures you can end up investing in the best property

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Development of Log Cabins

Log cabins are homes specifically made up of logs or timber. Log cabins are simple houses mostly built in areas rich in natural resources such as timber. During the early centuries, log cabins are usually used as homes, barns and storage purposes.

Most log cabins before were built with logs horizontally laid and connected at the ends with notches. Some use nails instead of notches, but the latter is still better. Most are located nearby ranches or farms, in places with enough sunlight and good drainage. As there have been an increase of people building log cabins, deciding on what type of cabin will be built is crucial.

There are several variations of cabin types all over the United States. They differ from sizes, roof, number of storys, location of windows and doors. All of these are important aspects in planning a log cabin. Another consideration is the source of the logs and the labor required to build the structure. If timber is not enough in the area, then the size of the log cabin is usually smaller.

To protect the log cabin from moisture of the soil, they are built with huge rocks as a base. These rocks serve as a strong foundation for the log cabins. In terms of the notches, there are different kinds of notches used in the construction of log cabins. Notches differ among other ethnic groups.

Milled lumber is the most common type of roofing. The roofs are usually covered by either cedar shingles or skip sheeting. The purlin roof and rafter roof are also popular.

The modern types of log cabins are called the log home. These are usually made of milled logs. The interior and exterior of the log home are visible. There have been massive constructions of this type of cabin in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. In the European countries, modern type log cabins are usually built near gardens and are used for home office and summer houses.

The most modern type is the modular log cabin. They are built with modular cabin kits similar to the assembly of automobiles. The kits are made in factories and then delivered to the proposed site where it will be assembled. It is quick and easy to assemble.

Modular log cabins are more economical than the traditional way of constructing log cabins. While the modular cabin kit is being manufactured, the site location is being prepared just in time for the arrival of the kit.

Another type is the hunting cabins, usually located in areas nearby wild forest and parks. These cabins are common in camp sites and resorts where hunters or visitors could stay for vacation and enjoy the wild.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Denver Real Estate Gets Help From the Neighborhood Stabilization Plan

Denver Real Estate Investment Denver is going to get a boost from the recently announced 29.3 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program funding in 2010. There are high hopes that this stimulus plan will help the City of Denver's efforts to combat the foreclosures that have been a problem since the housing bust. This will not only improve Denver real estate, it will produce thousands of jobs for people involved in construction.

The Neighborhood Stabilization Plan - via the Housing and Economy Act of 2008 - was developed to combat the ills that foreclosed properties can bring upon a neighborhood - lowered home values, abandonment, higher crime and gradually spreading urban blight. With the funding provided through the Plan, Denver can now buy, renovate or redevelop and resell properties that have been foreclosed upon.

In 2010, the Denver Office of Economic Development and Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. will receive $18,994,444 and $10,263,440, respectively. This will be used to solve problems caused by residential foreclosure and to boost revitalization efforts in Denver neighborhoods that have been most affected by foreclosures and the problems associated with them.

The Denver Office of Economic Development will be targeting 12 Denver neighborhoods to purchase and revitalize properties affected by foreclosure. In all, 325 properties will be selected and restored to create accessible, affordable housing for:

    * Households with income not exceeding 120% of the area median income
    * Households at or below 50% of the area median income.

The redevelopment plan also includes:

    * rehabilitation of 245 abandoned / foreclosed homes
    * land bank of 15 properties
    * demolishing of 50 vacant properties
    * redevelopment of 35 vacant / demolished properties for housing

Loan assistance for 195 low-moderate income households will also be available for the purchase of homes near public transit lines. This targets raising home values, job creation, improved public transit and local business development and patronage. In the years to come, this will stabilize the neighborhoods where these homes are and provide a platform where the real estate in general starts increasing in value.