February 2017 Newsletter

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GREENER HOME GREENER PLANET

– Cut back last year’s growth from ornamental grasses now before this year’s new growth begins. For more Feb tips see:
http://www.echters.com/Tips/CurrentTips.htm

– Throw in the plastic cap with the plastic bottle unattached in recycle bin.

– Waste less water with the Dropcountr app. The app connects homeowners to local water utility with easy-to-understand usage patterns, comparisons to similar households, and leak detection. https://dropcountr.com/

GREENER BITE

– Try Après Vin Grape-Seed Oil Cabernet Sauvignon made with wine industry by-products from the nutrient dense cabernet grape seeds after the grapes have been pressed for wine.

 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 Home Sales End High in 2016. – The Denver Front Range housing market had a stronger than normal off-season in November and December due to continuing demand from buyers purchasing homes ahead of potential interest rate increases. The Denver area market is showing signs of prices starting to moderate and inventory levels improving. Average sale prices continue upward year over year.  http://blog.recolorado.com/2016-front-range-sales-highest-on-record

BOULDER:  January Inventory Up for Single Family Homes in Boulder County. New Listings were up 9.6 percent for single family homes and 47.5 percent for townhouse-condo properties. The Median Sales Price was also up 10.7 percent to $578,000 for single family homes and 18.8 percent to $374,950 for townhouse-condo properties. Days on Market increased 4.8 percent for single family homes and 40.8 percent for condo properties.

In the new president’s first hour in office, the .25 percentage point rate cut for loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) was removed; setting the table for what should be an interesting presidential term for real estate policy. FHA loans tend to be a favorable option for those with limited financial resources… On a brighter note, wages are on the uptick for many Americans, while unemployment rates have remained stable and relatively unchanged for several months. The system is ripe for more home sales if there are more homes available to sell. http://www.baraonline.com/sites/bara/files/statistics/January%20MMI.pdf

Know someone needing RE assistance this year? I am always happy to help!

Your referrals are my greatest complement.

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

January 2017 Newsletter

HOME
green tips

GREENER HOME GREENER PLANET

– Keep frozen food packaging out of the recycle bin. The plastic coating prevents the box from breaking up in the recycle process, therefore not recyclable or compostable.

Clean and disinfect air with 6 to 12 drops of lemon essential oil and water in spray bottle, and add anti-bacterial, anti-viral eucalyptus in humidifier to sooth and ward off colds and flus during colder months.

– Improve indoor air quality by keeping floors fresh as possible with a longer mat (try 5 step rule) at door to help keep pathogens and chemical pollutants out.

GREENER BITE

-Make apple, beet and potato chips out of the peels, a tasty way to cut down on food waste. Lightly spray with coconut oil and bake on a parchment-lined baking sheet at 375/400˚ for 10 minutes.

 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 Home Sales Record High in 2016. – The Denver Front Range housing market had a stronger than normal off-season in November and December due to continuing demand from buyers purchasing homes ahead of potential interest rate increases. The Denver area market is showing signs of prices starting to moderate and inventory levels improving. Average sale prices continue upward year over year.  http://blog.recolorado.com/2016-front-range-sales-highest-on-record

BOULDER:  December New Listings Down Prices Down for Single Family Homes in Boulder County. New Listings were down 2.8 percent for single family homes and 20.7 percent for townhouse-condo properties. The Median Sales Price was down 7.8 percent to $507,834 for single family homes but increased 15.3 percent to $370,000 for townhouse-condo properties. Days on Market decreased 1.2 percent for single family homes and 6.3 percent for condo properties.

The overwhelming feeling about prospects in residential real estate for the immediate future is optimism. Real estate professionals across the nation are expressing that they are as busy as ever. There are certainly challenges in this market, like continued low inventory and higher competition for those fewer properties, but opportunities abound for creative and diligent agents prepared to put in the necessary amount of work. http://www.baraonline.com/sites/bara/files/statistics/MMI_0.pdf

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

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

December 2016 Newsletter

HOME green tips

GREENER HOME GREENER PLANET

Reuse live Christmas tree including pine needle branches in the mix, which dry quickly and decompose slowly, making them excellent moisture and mold-free mulch.

– Drop the holiday catalog piles using these tips:  www.ecocycle.org/junkmail.

– Recycle plastic bags by bringing them to participating grocery stores like Vitamin Cottage and avoid bagging materials in neither the trash nor adding to recycle bins to reduce plastic pollution.

GREENER BITE

– Have a cup or two of liver repairing coffee and a handful of heart healthy Brazil nuts after a night of parties.

 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 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:  Inventory of Denver Homes Shrinks as Prices Remain Steady. October saw continued cooling across all major indicators, with a noticeable dip in inventory and little change in home sale prices compared to last month.  At the end of October, inventory levels were 12 percent lower than last month and six percent lower than last year. Prices compared to last year at this time were up 8 percent year over year. http://blog.recolorado.com/recolorado-october-2016-housing-statistics

BOULDER:  New Listings Down Prices Up in October in Boulder County. New Listings were down 0.7 percent in October for single family homes but increased 32 percent for townhouse-condo properties. The Median Sales Price was up 1.7 percent to $540,250 for single family homes and 2.2 percent to $350,000 for townhouse-condo properties.

Builder confidence is as high as it has been in more than a decade, yet the pace of economic growth has been slow enough to cause pause. A low number of first-time buyer purchases and a looming demographic shift also seem to be curbing the desire to start new single-family construction projects. As older Americans retire and downsize, single-family listings are expected to rise. The waiting is the hardest part. http://www.baraonline.com/sites/bara/files/statistics/Monthley%20Indicators.pdf

Attention Mountain Home Owners:  http://www.wildfirepartners.org/why-become-wildfire-partner/

Do you know anyone needing my RE assistance next year? Always happy to help! Your referrals are my greatest complement.

 

Wishing you the best in 2017!

 

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