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

May 2017 Newsletter

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GREENER HOME GREENER PLANET

– Deadhead old daffodil, tulip, hyacinth and other spring-blooming bulb flowers, but don’t remove foliage until after it turns yellow. It is making nutrients for next year’s show of color.

– Harvest spring rains from your own roof with a rain barrel for watering, which can collect and save around 1,300 gallons of water during peak summer months.

– Try using biodegradable and compostable plates and cutlery made of eco-friendly bamboo, corn, leaves or sugar cane at your next barbecue.

GREENER BITE

– Try buying local products as much as you can and help minimize global warming and other environmental pollutants that result from thousands of miles some products travel to get to local grocery stores.

 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 rooms in 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 at All Time High. Continued strong demand and low inventory levels across the Denver Metro area pushed average home sale prices to all-time highs in April. The average sold price of a single-family home climbed to $436,339, a three percent increase over last month March and ten percent higher than April 2016. http://cohomeblog.recolorado.com/2017-April-Housing-Stats-REcolorado

BOULDER:  Prices Continue to Rise Amidst Strong Demand in Boulder County. New Listings were up 7.6 percent for single family homes and 6.0 percent for townhouse-condo properties. The Median Sales Price was up 4.5 percent to $599,000 for single family homes but decreased 2.7 percent to $383,500 for townhouse-condo properties.  

Although there is a mounting amount of buyer competition during the annual spring market cycle, buyer demand has not abated, nor is it expected to in the immediate future unless something unpredictable occurs. While strong demand is generally considered a good problem to have, it creates an affordability issue for some buyers, especially first-time buyers. Yet prices continue to rise. http://www.baraonline.com/sites/bara/files/statistics/May%20MMI.pdf

Know anyone needing RE assistance this year?
I am always happy to help!
Your referrals are my greatest complement.
Happy spring!

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