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  • Today’s Housing Market - Today’s housing market benefits both the buyer and the seller! It is definitely a seller’s market due to strong prices and minimal days on the market regardless of the type of property. However, buyers are also realizing great benefits from conditions such as low interest rates and property value appreciation, rates in the double digits […]
  • A Quick Mortgage Loan Breakdown - A Quick Mortgage Loan Breakdown The importance of being pre-approved for a loan cannot be understated. In today’s market, it’s helpful to know your price range to save time, for flexibility and it makes purchasing a property easier by showing the seller you are serious and can afford the purchase. Being pre-approved for a mortgage […]
  • Why Real Estate Should Be Handled By The Pros - Why Real Estate Should Be Handled By The Pros Buying or selling a property can be a tedious job, especially with the new real estate rules and regulations, constantly changing market demands, and piles of paperwork. Licensed real estate agents are required to complete 160 hours of schooling, as well as pass state and federal […]
  • Why Are Barns Painted Red? - Why Are Barns Painted Red? Have you ever been driving down a country road and noticed the numerous bright red barns dotting the countryside, adorning the picturesque farms and ranches? If you happened to notice, most of those barns are painted the classic red with white trim. So why are barns painted red? Is it […]
  • The Basics: Farms Vs. Ranches - Farms vs. Ranches In real estate sometimes clients and agents alike will use terms interchangeably. There are two terms which continually show up in client questions and throughout the real estate process where there is confusion between the two. The terms “farm” and “ranch” are often used to explain the same thing. However, those who […]
  • Orr Land’s Top 8 Restaurant Picks: 2015 Edition - Orr Land Companies Top 8 Restaurant Picks -2015 Edition- It’s that time of year again, and we’ve got fresh, new picks for the top restaurants in Weld County! Once again we’ve broken down the goodies into categories and encourage you to support your local businesses. Here are Orr Land’s Top 8 Restaurant Picks: 2015 Edition. ~A […]
  • Saving Options For a Down Payment - Saving Options For a Down Payment Here are some tips on how to save for the down payment on your future home. This may help you effectively tap into your resources and budget your finances. The more money you have saved for a down payment, the more choices you will have when negotiating your mortgage. […]
  • Featured Agent: Trevor Thiel - Featured Agent This quarter’s featured agent is Trevor Thiel who began his real estate career at Orr Land Company by locating irrigated farms for developers in need of water rights and raw land for residential developments. After the sale, he continued to be of service to the sellers by locating triple net properties which replaced […]
  • Conservation Easements Bring Many to Financial Ruin - Colorado Conservation Easements Did you know that Conservation Easements bring many to financial ruin? A conservation easement is a voluntary agreement that allows a landowner to limit the type or amount of development on their property while retaining private ownership of the land. But what are the cons of these types of encumbrances? This article […]
  • Prepare For What You Can’t Prevent - Disaster can strike at any time. Fires, flood, tornadoes, burglary, and more of the unseen can change your life in the blink of an eye. Unfortunately, there’s not much anyone can do to prevent it, but, on the other hand: you can prepare for what you can’t prevent. Prepare For What You Can’t Prevent To […]
  • 5 Realistic Tips For Selling Your Home - Many of us know there can be many ups and downs to selling your home. The speed at which your home sells can depend on many factors including, the market at that time, your homes location/condition, the season and innumerable other factors.  Here are 5 Realistic Tips For Selling Your Home. These could help your agent […]
  • Improvements To Boost Your Home’s Value - Improvements to boost your home’s value not only benefit you while you’re living there, but they can also help improve your home’s value for the future. But what kind of improvements will help your home sell versus the improvements that can actually hurt your home’s selling process? We are entering a whole new generation of buying […]
  • Colorado’s Measure to Allow Rain Barrels Fails Again -   Colorado’s measure to allow rain barrels fails…again. Colorado is the only state in the nation with a ban on backyard rain barrels. Colorado’s Measure to Allow Rain Barrels Fails Again. However, under the new bill HB1259, which cleared the Colorado House last month on a 45-20 vote, Colorado would allow homeowners the use of […]
  • Featured Vendor Q&A: Dahl House Design, LLC - In the past hiring your own interior designer was something only the wealthy could afford, but not today! Read: Featured Vendor Q&A: Dahl House Design, LLC and learn some helpful tips. We recently had the opportunity to sit down with an interior designer who owns her own business, Dahl House Design, LLC. Owner Christa Grover began […]
  • The Importance of Being Pre-Qualified and Approved - The importance of being pre-approved for a loan cannot be understated. In today’s market, it’s helpful to know your price range to save time, for flexibility and it makes purchasing a property easier by showing the seller you are serious and can afford the purchase. What does it mean to be pre-qualified and pre-approved for […]
  • Greeley Is Moving On Up! - Well it’s official, Greeley has been named in the top ten of the fastest growing areas in the nation, coming in at #8 according to the US Census Bureau! From July 2013-July 2014 Greeley had a growth rate of 2.6 percent. But for those of us who live here, that should come as no surprise. […]
  • Start Your Own Herb Garden This Spring! - Start Your Own Herb Garden This Spring! To begin planning your herb garden, the first thing to think about is location. Full sun is the best for herbs. However, most herbs will grow in partial shade. They may not grow as fast in partial shade, but they will do just fine. The place you must […]
  • Benefits of Going Tankless - Benefits of Going Tankless Imagine never running out of hot water. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to take a shower with an unlimited supply of hot water without the possibility of it turning cold at any minute? Or slipping into a warm luxurious bubble bath without finding yourself sitting in tepid water? Using […]
  • Why a Short Sale is like a 10k - Why a Short Sale is like a 10k Ahh the infamous “Short Sale.” Maybe some of you have heard of one, but aren’t sure what it is, maybe you’ve experienced one and empathize with those who have been through one, or perhaps you’ve successfully navigated your way through one. Any which way, the effectiveness and […]
  • A Fresh Coat of Paint - A Fresh Coat of Paint   A fresh coat of paint can dress up an old piece of furniture, an aging deck, or bring to life the walls in a living room area. There are literally hundreds of different ways to paint to create your own designs, patterns, style and bring dimension onto any surface. […]
  • Featured Vendor: Martin Homes LLC - Featured Vendor: Martin Homes LLC Orr Land Company has been working with Martin Homes LLC for many years. They are a trusted vendor with a proven track record and we recommend Martin Homes to many of our clients, and have had them build homes for us in the past including some featured at Greeley’s Premier […]
  • Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ’s - Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ’s Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ’s 1.)    Why Do I Have To Be Pre-Approved for a Loan? a.    In today’s market, it’s helpful to know your price range to save time, for flexibility and it makes purchasing a property easier by showing the seller/buyer you are serious and can afford the […]
  • 2015 National Western Stock Show -   2015 National Western Stock Show Be sure to visit the 2015 National Western Stock Show & Rodeo at the Event Center and Denver Coliseum January 10-25!! Livestock Shows Horse Shows Trade Shows Rodeos Including PBR Bullriding January 12-14 2015 National Western Stock Show At the 2015 National Western Stock Show: Orr Land Company wishes […]
  • Orr Land’s Top 10 Best Local Restaurants - We love food! And what better way to spend an evening than dining out at some of your favorite local restaurants? Well we’ve compiled a top ten lists of our favorite local restaurants with information & links to their site. From Italian to American and everything in between, we’ve got some of the best picks […]
  • House Cleaning Tips - House Cleaning Tips  House Cleaning Tips MerryMaids.com offers up some wonderful tips for cleaning your house, from floors, to the kitchen & bathrooms, to stain removal and more! Not only will these tips come in handy, but they can save time, money & headache with using items you typically already have on hand in your […]
  • Helpful To-Do Tips After You Move - Helpful To-Do Tips After You Move Moving can be exciting but also very stressful! We’ve put together a quick and easy how to list with information on making moving easier, who to contact, and helpful information to make sure nothing gets missed during the chaos. Read more about: Helpful To-Do Tips After You Move. Feel free […]
  • No Hour of Life is Wasted that is Spent in the Saddle. ~Winston Churchill -   No Hour of Life is Wasted that is Spent in the Saddle.  ~Winston Churchill It has been said that “A horse is the projection of peoples’ dreams about themselves – strong, powerful, beautiful – and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.” A  horse named Muenster couldn’t be a […]
  • Preparing Your Home For Winter - Preparing Your Home For Winter Now that fall has arrived, it’s a good idea to start preparing your home for winter and the cold weather that will soon be upon us. A few simple steps can save you hundreds of dollars and headaches throughout the cold winter month such as: Checking your furnace Caulking around […]
  • Featured Agent: Tammy Ellerman - Featured Agent   This quarter’s featured agent is Tammy Ellerman, whose hard work and dedication to the real estate market have helped serve hundreds of buyers and sellers alike achieve their goals and get the most from their agent. Check out her impressive stats and get to know one of our top performing agents!   […]
  • Tips for National Fire Safety Month - October is National Fire Safety Month Tips for National Fire Safety Month Here are a few steps you can take to promote fire safety in your home: Keep at least one fire extinguisher on each floor of your home for the best safety practices. Keep exit doors totally accessible! Make sure they’re not obstructed, propped […]
  • Thinking of Selling? Now’s The Time! - SELL, SELL, SELL!   Thinking of Selling? Now’s The Time! According to the Information and Real Estate Services website stats, if you are thinking of selling your home, now is the time to do it! Not only have home sales been on a steady rise since 2011 and continue to rise through 2014, but statistics […]
  • 5 Fun Housewarming Gift Ideas - 5 Fun Housewarming Gift Ideas Check Out These Housewarming Gift Ideas! ~Personalized Doormat: A new home deserves new goodies. Kick it up a notch and give your hosts a fun personalized doormat. Be silly, elegant or straight forward, chances are they will love it! Visit here for some options   ~Restaurant Gift Card: Let’s face […]
  • Real Estate Myths – Busted! - Real Estate Myth Busters   Our agent Greg Smith provided us with four real estate myths he hears frequently in the market, and then helps us bust them! Check it out! 1. The purchase (or sale) process is complicated. — It can be complicated and confusing if you don’t know what you’re doing or hire […]
  • The History of Bullfighting - Bullfighting: From the Romans to the Americans – The History of Bullfighting A rodeo ain’t a rodeo, unless you have bullfighting! And did you know that bullfighting can be dated back as far as Roman times with similar events taking place with Roman Gladiators? Back then it was a big crowd pleaser where ancient athletes would […]
  • Staging Tips for Selling Your Home - Staging Tips for Selling Your Home Staging can be a very important process in the sale of your home. Too much clutter, an unkempt appearance or even an undefined space can make or break the sale of your home. Here are some tips to make sure your potential buyers get the best experience during their […]
  • Top 10 Apps for Home Buyers and Sellers - Top 10 Apps for Home Buyers and Sellers Buying or Selling a home can be time consuming and sometimes difficult. To make the process a little less -painful- here are a few tools to hep make the buying and/or selling process easier. Homes.com Search homes for sale, rental properties, and find out information on recent […]
  • The Grand Daddy of ‘Em All is back!! - 2014 Greeley Stampede The Grand Daddy of ‘Em All is back!!   Don’t forget that Greeley Stampede begins Thursday, June 26th  through July 6th! Don’t miss out on this awesome fun-filled event for the whole family! Check out the: Rodeos Bullfighting Concerts Food & Drinks Parade Art Show Sales Booths For more information visit the […]
  • Call Before You Dig This Summer -   Call 8-1-1 Before You Dig Call Before You Dig This Summer Do you have projects this summer on your “honey-do” list that require you to dig? If so, be sure to call Xcel Energy at 8-1-1 to have a specialist come out and check the area for any live natural gas lines.   For […]
  • Did You Know? : Blue Heelers - Did You Know? : Blue Heelers Blue Heelers: Bred for Excellence George Elliott developed the Blue Heeler (also known as the Australian Cattle Dog) in 1840 by mixing Australian native Dingoes with Collies and other herding dogs. Any rancher, cowboy, or country gal knows the significance and usefulness a good cattle dog is when living […]
  • Preparing For Disaster: Tornadoes - Preparing For Disaster: Tornadoes Tornado Preparation in Northern Colorado During the summer months it’s important to be prepared for adverse weather conditions, especially potential tornadoes in Northern Colorado. The three most important topics to remember for emergency situations is: Prepare! Always have an emergency preparedness bag/kit in your safe room (or readily available) with appropriate […]
  • Internet Explorer Hit By Hackers - Internet Explorer Hit By Hackers Internet Explorer Unsafe After Cyber Attack According to the cyber security firm FireEye, Internet Explorer has been exposed to hackers due to a patch problem in their security systems and should not be used by anyone until further notice. According to the agency, several government agencies using older Microsoft XP […]
  • The Fracking Debate - The Fracking Debate To Frack, Or Not to Frack: That is the Question Colorado’s largest oil producers, Anadarko & Noble Energy, are spending millions of dollars on ads to promote the benefits on fracking for Colorado, while their opponents are also spending big while fighting to amend Colorado’s constitution raising concerns about air and water […]
  • USDA Creates Program to Help Ag Producers -     USDA Creates Program to Help Ag Producers USDA to Help Ag Producers Through New Program USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that more than $19 million in grants will be available to help train, educate and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of ag producers through the ‘Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development’ […]
  • 2014 Spring Runoff - 2014 Spring Runoff Moisture Levels In Colorado After last year’s historic rainfall, snowpack levels throughout Colorado are said to be well above the average, and high runoff rates up to 144% are projected for many of our rivers and streams. Read more about Colorado’s ‘green’ future courtesy of the Applegate Group.  
  • Buried Alive:Moving - Buried Alive:Moving Moving Tips Moving can easily become a very stressful ordeal, if you aren’t prepared. For quick access after you move, you may want to separate boxes containing the following items: Basic kitchen supplies Bed linens and towels Toiletries and medications A few outfits for the week Pet food and medication Household items like […]
  • 6 Easy Decorating Tips - 6 Easy Decorating Tips Are you a first-time or new homeowner? Congratulations! It’s a very exciting time to be a first time home-buyer or to finally find your dream home. Whether the home is brand new, or new to you, you begin with a blank canvas and endless possibilities to make the home reflect your […]
  • Foreclosure at a 10-Year Low - Foreclosure at a 10-Year Low Outlook is Good for Larimer and Weld County Homeowners Foreclosures in Weld and Larimer County fell to a 10 year Low in 2013. The drop is nearly 1% more than last year, and part of the overall 46.3% drop state-wide in foreclosure filings.     According to the Northern Colorado […]
  • Greeley Living - Greeley, CO: Beauty and Affordability Greeley is #51 Best places for business and careers according to Forbes. Job growth is up 3.6% and the cost of living is almost 10% less than the national average! Just another reason why Greeley living is so wonderful! Why not put down roots and find your perfect home today?   […]
  • Rates Can’t Stay Low Forever - Thinking of purchasing a new home? Ultra-low mortgage rates could never last forever and now might really be the time for prospective buyers to jump into the housing market while the getting is good, to protect themselves from falling victim to the “double-whammy” of both increasing interest rates and increasing home prices. So what are […]
  • Manageable Mortgages - Are mortgage practices making your head spin? To make the mortgage process go more smoothly, industry professionals and consumers alike are asking for more time to review loan documents before closing. Manageable Mortgages help make life a lot easier. Many believe this would not only reduce errors, but it would also help with buyer security […]
  • The Red Door - The Red Door   In Scotland, homeowners paint their front door red when they pay off their mortgage. Throughout history, a red front door has symbolized many things – The ancient Hebrews believed it would protect firstborn children from the angel of death In the early days of America, it meant the home was a […]
  • More Than Just a Hobby - What do bucking machines, classic cars, and western saddles have in common? A saddle maker by the name of Link Weaver. Link has received accolades from The Art of the Horse Invitational Western Gear Makers Show and The World Leather Show, including an award for first place in the Don King Memorial Saddle Contest Open […]
  • Weld County 4-H - Mission for 2014 A rare, multi-million dollar endowment effort aimed at helping Weld County, Colo., youth will enter 2014 with the same goal it had in 2013- even if the endeavor’s name is a little different. Looking to expand what’s already one of the largest and most successful programs in the state, Weld County 4-H […]
  • Go Green! - Easy Tips to Make Your Property More Earth Friendly     Lint Traps: Lower your energy bill by cleaning your clothes dryer’s lint trap before every load to improve air circulation, therefore cutting down on energy-wasting drying time. Cold Water: Save $30 to $40 per year in water heating costs by washing and rinsing clothes […]
  • 2014 National Western Stock Show -   Be sure to visit the 2014 National Western Stock Show & Rodeo at the Event Center and Denver Coliseum January 11-26!!  2014 National Western Stock Show Exhibitors will include many of the nation’s top livestock producers and sale consignors. Orr Land Company wishes all our clients participating in the 108th Annual NWSS the best […]
  • Tips For Buying A New Home -   1. Decide where you want to live. Tips For Buying A New Home This is a general area be it a town, within a specific school’s district, or within X number of minutes or miles from where you work. You might find that you start out with a larger area lets say a county […]
  • Colorado,Orr Land Compay,Oil and Gas,Farms and Ranches,Mineral Rights,Drilling Oil & Gas 101 - In America, we enjoy a broad range of property rights. One such right is mineral ownership under the land we own, assuming someone before us has not severed the mineral estate from the surface estate. A legally binding mineral title opinion is typically the only document that substantiates mineral ownership.   Learn oil and Gas […]
  • Mortgage Rates On the Rise - Have you been considering buying a property? Mortgage Interest rates on the rise since and throughout 2013 and they are predicted to keep moving upward in 2014. It may be time to act sooner than later and save more money in the long run. Mortgage Interest rates hit record lows in November 2012 and have been […]
  • The Value of a Skilled Agent - Property owners considering selling are often times faced with the decision of using a broker in their area or attempting to market and sell their properties themselves. There is, however, no substitute for the professional services a reputable broker and brokerage firm can offer a property owner. The agent will know their market area and […]
  • Northern Colorado Home Sales - As recently discussed in the Northern Colorado Business Report, home sales in Northern Colorado are hot!  Due to the 46.5% increase in volume of homes sold from 2012 to 2013 the inventory is so low many buyers are unable to locate an existing home and are electing to build new construction.  If a buyer is […]
 


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