Nick Hodapp Advice Featured in US News Home Renovation Article

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Atlas Broker, Nick Hodapp, was recently featured in US News’ article, 7 Home Renovations to Consider for 2018.

At the top of the list:

1. Additional finished floor space. The hot housing market in Denver has translated to low inventory and a higher price per square foot for homes in the metro area, Hodapp says. Similar market conditions exist elsewhere in the country, too.

That means homeowners who might be selling soon should consider adding finished floor space to their homes. “Anything from finishing the [entire] basement to adding an egress window for a basement bedroom” will help boost the value of a home, Hodapp says. In Denver, that amount averages out to $341 per square foot, according to the real estate website Trulia.

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Jason Shepherd Quoted in The Close Article about Bitcoin

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Comments from Atlas Co-Founder and Partner, Jason Shepherd, can be found in the latest article from The Close. “How to Explain Bitcoin to Your Clients without Sounding Like a Dinosaur,” addresses the basics of bitcoin in relation to the real estate industry.

Addressing the underlying technology and its impact on real estate, Shepherd says, “It is important to separate the cryptocurrency from the underlying blockchain technology when discussing real estate disruption…The disruption in real estate will come from the blockchain technology (distributed ledger) and smart contracts like those found on the Ethereum platform.”

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Ryan Boykin Highlights Reasons to Invest in Real Estate Versus Stocks in New Investopedia Article

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In his latest piece as contributing writer for Investopedia, Atlas Co-Founder and Owner Ryan Boykin discusses the reasons to invest in real estate versus stocks.

“Real estate investments offer an alternative to the stock market and under the right circumstances, they are lower risk, yield better returns and offer greater diversification. A decade ago, approximately two-thirds of American adults had money in the stock market but, due to the Great Recession, American’s sense of job security, financial confidence and their means to invest were threatened, taking a major toll on the willingness to invest…

Today, approximately 15% of Americans have invested in real estate outside of their primary residence. While more people own stocks or mutual funds, the reality is that 80% of stocks in the country are held by 10% of the population. Many advisors may find it useful to discuss the options of both the stock market and the real estate market with their clients who are ready to invest.”

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