HOUSING AND NEIGHBORHOODS
HIRE SOMEONE TO HELP
All the details involved with buying a home,
particularly the financial ones, can be mind-boggling. A good real estate professional
can guide you through the entire process
and make the experience much easier.
A real estate broker will be well-acquainted with all the important elements
you’ll want to know about a neighborhood
you may be considering: the quality of
schools, the number of children in the area,
the safety of the neighborhood, traffic
volume and more. The realtor can save you
hours of wasted driving-around time.
When it’s time to make an offer on a
home, the realtor can point out ways to
structure your deal to save you money.
DO YOU NEED A CPA?
(CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT)
Need professional advice on personal
finances and other matters? It’s a good
idea to secure the services of a licensed
CPA, who can give you advice on how
you can adjust your finances to help you
meet your personal goals – such as buy-
ing a house – and other specialty finan-
cial and legal needs.
Besides tax preparation and auditing
services, CPAs can help you develop an
effective accounting system that works for
you. Other useful services include advice
on finances during marriage or divorce;
budgets and recordkeeping; retirement
plans; tips on paying for college; and
long-term, life and health insurance.
It is important to be able to trust your CPA
with your financial information, so be
sure to obtain information on your practitioner’s level of experience and training,
and ask for references. For more information or to find a qualified CPA, contact
the Colorado Society of Certified Public
Accountants at 303-773-2877 or view
its website at www.cocpa.org, or search
the Membership Directory on the Denver
Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Website
at www.denverchamber.org or call
BANKING IN METRO DENVER
The metro Denver area is a major financial
center for the entire Rocky Mountain region,
and most major banks have branches in the
metro Denver area, including Compass Bank,
FirstBank of Colorado, KeyBank, UMB Bank
Colorado, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo. In
downtown Denver, 17th Street is known as
the “Wall Street of the Rockies,” because it’s
the address for many of the region’s major
investment houses and financial institutions.
Many businesses have a credit union affiliated
with the company. These credit unions are
federally regulated, not-for-profit, and they
exist for the convenience of their members.
Check with your employer to see if your
company has a credit union or access to
one. You can also search for banks and
credit unions in the Membership Directory on
the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce’s
website at www.denverchamber.org, or call