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

March 2017 Newsletter

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GREENER HOME GREENER PLANET

– Add easy low-maintenance drought-tolerant cosmos, daylilies and goldenrod flowers in your garden and enjoy the endless blooms, butterflies and bees.

– Notice the how2recycle.info label found on many products packages instructing how to recycle it.

– Choose a gas range/oven over an electric one, which costs less than half as much to operate.

GREENER BITE

– Reduce land fill waste by buying and cooking in bulk, which means fewer trips to store, and less packaging and time using energy-consuming appliances.

 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:  February Listings and Median Sales Price Down for Single Family Homes Up for Townhouse Condos in Boulder County. New Listings were down 1.8 percent for single family homes but increased 46.3 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Pending Sales landed at 209 for single family homes and 107 for townhouse-condo properties.

The Median Sales Price was down 2.6 percent to $521,000 for single family homes, but increased 9.5 percent to $397,000 for townhouse-condo properties. Days on Market increased 2.9 percent for single family homes but decreased 45.5 percent for condo properties. http://www.baraonline.com/sites/bara/files/statistics/MMI_1.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

February 2017 Newsletter

HOME
green tips

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