May 2016 Newsletter

HOME green tips

Know someone selling or buying this year? Connect us!

GREENER HOME GREENER PLANET

– Allow for some weeds like dandelions and wildflowers to grow in your yard to support life-giving bees.

– Plant tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and herbs outside in late May, after almost all danger of frost has passed. See echters.com/FrostHardiness

Make sure windows are sealed to keep water out and cool air in. Check to replace caulking or add sealant.

GREENER BITE

– Compost your own food waste to keep it out of landfill where it can release methane gas, a more potent greenhouse gas than Carbon dioxide. Try a countertop composter to bucket (see below links to product and handy guide):  chefn.com/ecocrocktm-compost-bin

homecompostingmadeeasy.com/foodscraps  (Avoid adding large scale meat or fish waste, fats/oils, and dairy, which can attract unwanted vermin and odors. Use city composter if can for those items.).

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 update, and touch up interior and exterior paint for fresh look. Upgrade lighting.

– Open up each space, including closets, and remove stuff/bulky furniture. Stage rooms with one bold color.

– 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 Market Prices in April Reach All-Time Highs, Inventory Remains at Record Lows. The sold price of Denver-area homes continue its record-breaking trend as it rose in April to an average of $393,615. Average sale price increased two percent month over month and up nine percent year over year. As compared to this time last year, inventory levels and days on market are nearly identical, keeping the market very competitive. Year over year, the number of sold homes sold in April was down 12 percent. recolorado.com/news

BOULDER:  Same is the Sound in Boulder County Market. New Listings in April were down 9.5 percent for single family homes and 21.9 percent for townhouse-condo properties.

The Median Sales Price was up 18.2 percent to $582,250 for single family homes and 28.4 percent to $391,500 for townhouse-condo properties. There have been no striking changes to curtail what should be a decent run of home sales over the next several months.

Mortgage rates remain stubbornly and wonderfully low. The unemployment rate remains at or near 5.0 percent for eight straight months, and wages have increased for a great many people. New construction has been slow, and that may be a damper on sales, but the general outlook remains strong. baraonline.com/MonthlyIndicators416.pdf

 

Have a question about your home or neighborhood-Happy to help! Thank you for your referrals!

 

Thank you,

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