October 2017 Newsletter

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GREENER HOME GREENER PLANET

– Leach indoor house plants to remove built up soluble salts remaining from fertilizer or minerals from water. Use kitchen sink or bathtub and water and drain plants twice to remove salts, which if left can burn roots and brown tips and margins of the leaves. Move plants away from drafty windows too so they can still soak up the sun but stay warm.

– It’s time again to shred leaves into grass and seal house up for colder temps! Look for gaps where pipes and wiring enter house and caulk around those as well as window frames, (lock windows tight), and doors to prevent heat/energy loss and keep moisture out.

– Use shredded paper for composting, filling for packages, or art projects and avoid putting in recycle bin. Most recycle facilities have difficulty collecting and accepting it or it’s not compatible with machinery.

GREENER BITE

Use those inedible vegetable trimmings—carrot peels, zucchini stems, onion ends, celery root ends and more—to help reduce food waste. Place ends in a large zip top bag and put in freezer. When bag is full, add trimmings to a large stockpot, cover with water, and simmer for 4–6 hours to make rich vegetable stock.

PLAN TO SELL?

– De-clutter, de-personalize, and clean house and yard to make it sale ready. Add plants inside and out.

– Make small repairs or updates, and touch up interior and exterior paint for fresh look. Upgrade lighting.

– Open up each space, including closets, and remove stuff/bulky furniture. Stage/decorate rooms with Seasonal colors.

– Add tech touches like a built-in USB wall charger for $20.00, or a luxury motion sensor faucet to bath or kitchen sinks for under $100.00.

LATEST DENVER/BOULDER MARKET NEWS

DENVER:  Denver Metro Seasonal Cooling Continues Following Strong Summer. Denver Metro real estate market experienced continued seasonal cooling in August, with prices falling, fewer homes selling, and a decrease in the number of homes being listed. Typical Summer Cooling Home prices in the greater Denver Metro area saw decreases for the second consecutive  month, but still eight percent higher than this time last year. Inventory remains tight as we head into fall. http://blog.recolorado.com/category/monthly-market-statistics/

BOULDER:  Boulder County Inventory Increases Continue Heading Into Fall. New Listings in August were up 3.9 percent for single family homes and 22.1 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Pending Sales landed at 323 for single family homes and 97 for townhouse-condo properties. The Median Sales Price was down 1.2 percent to $570,384 for single family homes but increased 4.7 percent to $360,000 for townhouse-condo properties.

The prevailing trends lasted through summer. This was expected, since there have not been any major changes in the economy that would affect housing. Factors such as wage growth, unemployment and mortgage rates have all been stable. Every locality has its unique challenges, but the whole of residential real estate is in good shape.
Recent manufacturing data is showing demand for housing construction materials and supplies, which may help lift the ongoing low inventory situation in 2018.
https://www.baraonline.com/sites/default/files/statistics/AugustCARMMI.pdf

I am always happy to assist you and all you know.
Your referrals are my greatest complement 🙂
Thank you again to all who continue to use and refer my services.

Thank you!
Kristine Merrill
Green Door Living RE
Cell: 720-530-4129
kristine@greendoorliving.com
BLOG:  www.kristinemerrill.com

 

July 2017 Newsletter

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GREENER HOME GREENER PLANET

– “Dead-head” pinch off spent blooms on perennials, annuals and roses for longer flowering periods and more and larger blooms.

– Try reusable, compostable Susty Party Paper straws, Pyrex EcoStraw or CocoStraw stainless steel straws and help reduce petro plastic straw use and disposal in landfill.

– Correct a drippy faucet as soon as you see, hear it to prevent water waste and save as much as 10% on your water bill.

GREENER BITE

– “Bee” on the lookout for the Bee-Better Seal, a certification for environmentally-sound foods produced on bee-friendly farms which provide a protective (pollen/nectar bountiful) habitat for the pollinators from pesticides.

 PLAN TO SELL?

– De-clutter, de-personalize, and clean house and yard to make it sale ready. Add plants inside and out.

– Make small repairs or updates, and touch up interior and exterior paint for fresh look. Upgrade lighting.

– Open up each space, including closets, and remove stuff/bulky furniture. Stage/decorate rooms with Seasonal colors.

– Add tech touches like a built-in USB wall charger for $20.00, or a luxury motion sensor faucet to bath or kitchen sinks for under $100.00.

LATEST DENVER/BOULDER MARKET NEWS

DENVER:  Denver Metro Home Prices Continue Steady Climb in June. The average sale price of a single-family home climbed above $450,000 for the first time on record, reaching another all-time high. The average sold price for a detached home inched closer to the $500,000 mark, reaching $498,892, up seven percent from last year. During the same period the average sold price of a condo/townhome increased 15 percent, reaching $334,256. 

Inventory of available homes for sale reached a three-year high for the month of June. Homes continue to sell quickly across the Denver Metro Area, spending an average of just 27 days on the market, two days less than last month and one day more than last year. http://blog.recolorado.com/2017-June-Housing-Stats-REcolorado

BOULDER:  Boulder County Inventory Increases Give Buyers More Breathing Room to Shop Homes. New Listings were up 6.1 percent in June for single family homes and 24.0 percent for townhouse-condo properties. The Median Sales Price was down 2.4 percent to $609,725 for single family homes but increased 5.9 percent to $395,000 for townhouse-condo properties. Days on Market decreased 1.8 percent for single family homes but increased 21.6 percent for condo properties.

With job creation increasing and mortgage rates remaining low, the pull toward homeownership is expected to continue. Yet housing starts have been drifting lower, and some are beginning to worry that a more serious housing shortage could be in the cards if new construction and building permit applications continue to come in lower in year-over-year comparisons while demand remains high. Homebuilder confidence suggests otherwise, so predictions of a gloomy future should be curbed for the time being. http://www.baraonline.com/sites/bara/files/statistics/MMI_2.pdf

I am always happy to assist you and all you know! Your referrals are my greatest complement 🙂

Super summer!

Kristine Merrill
Green Door Living RE
Cell: 720-530-4129
kristine@greendoorliving.com
BLOG:  www.kristinemerrill.com

 

June 2017 Newsletter

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GREENER HOME GREENER PLANET

– Remove water competing weeds from flourishing flower pots.

– Sprinkle ground cinnamon where needed to remove/prevent trail of ants. It works!!

– Reduce energy use by positioning your desk to take advantage of natural light (and enjoy the view).

GREENER BITE

– Take note of the closest farmers market located by you to support and buy local, which often supports hunger relief and the local arts community.

 PLAN TO SELL?

– De-clutter, de-personalize, and clean house and yard to make it sale ready. Add plants inside and out.

– Make small repairs or updates, and touch up interior and exterior paint for fresh look. Upgrade lighting.

– Open up each space, including closets, and remove stuff/bulky furniture. Stage/decorate rooms with Seasonal colors.

– Add tech touches like a built-in USB wall charger for $20.00, or a luxury motion sensor faucet to bath or kitchen sinks for under $100.00.

LATEST DENVER/BOULDER MARKET NEWS

DENVER:  More Listings in May in Denver Metro. Gains in inventory were brought on by sellers bringing new listings of homes for sale to the market. In May, 7,256 new listings hit the market, ten percent more than last month and seven percent more than last year. The most populous Denver Metro counties saw the most new listings come on the market in May. Adams, Arapahoe, and Boulder Counties each saw double-digit gains in new listings as compared to last month. Home values continued their steady rise. http://cohomeblog.recolorado.com/increase-inventory-across-denver-metro/

BOULDER:  Overall Optimism Remains High Despite Inventory Lows. New Listings were up 16.2 percent for single family homes and 2.9 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Pending Sales landed at 346 for single family homes and 130 for townhouse-condo properties. The Median Sales Price was up 1.7 percent to $595,000 for single family homes and 12.5 percent to $405,000 for townhouse-condo properties. Days on Market decreased 10.0 percent for single family homes but increased 14.7 percent for condo properties.

In addition to a stronger base upon which to conduct real estate transactions, the overall economy is in better shape than it was a decade ago. More jobs are available, unemployment is relatively low and workers have more faith in their wages and the potential for wage increases. Although we continue to battle an inventory shortage in much of the country, optimism remains high for a successful summer for buying and selling home. http://www.baraonline.com/sites/bara/files/statistics/May%20MMI.pdf

 I am always happy to assist you and all you know!
Your referrals are my greatest complement.

Super Summer!

Kristine Merrill
Green Door Living RE
Cell: 720-530-4129
kristine@greendoorliving.com
BLOG:  www.kristinemerrill.com