August 2015 Newsletter

HOME green tips

GREENER HOME GREENER PLANET

Run appliances such as clothes dryers and dishwashers at night to avoid peak energy rates and the humid heat they generate.

– Install a low flow shower head and save up to 40% water without sacrificing water pressure. Try High Sierra 1.5 GPM.

– Swap toys, tools, clothes and the like with neighbors and friends.

GREENER BITE

– Tote your own coffee mug or thermos to your favorite coffee spot.

PLAN TO SELL? MORE TIPS…

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

– Inspect and make small repairs or update, and touch up interior and exterior paint. Upgrade lighting.

– Open up each space, including closets, and remove stuff/bulky furniture. Stage rooms with one 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:  July brings increase in inventory to the Denver market. After experiencing five consecutive months of increases, home sales took a breather in July. During the month, there were 5,661 sold listings, a slight month-over-month decrease and a six percent decrease as compared to this time last year. Home prices remained steady in July. The average sold price for a single family home was down two percent as compared to last month, but still nine percent higher than a year ago. http://www.recolorado.com/pages/article?tags=news

BOULDER:  New listings in June were up 6.3% for single family homes and down 15% for attached homes. Ken Hotard, senior vice president of public affairs for the Boulder Area Realtor Association says, “The improvement in inventory is likely a contributing factor in the boost in sales: having new products in the market got some buyers off the fence and finding a greater selection of homes to buy.” Hotard was not surprised to hear that the Colorado home prices appreciated 11 percent in the first quarter, considering countywide median sale prices of single-family homes increased nearly 16 percent and average sale prices increased 23.5 percent in May compared with a year ago. “That’s certainly reflected in the prices we’re seeing,” he says. “Colorado is a highly desirable place to be, as we all know.
We’re seeing strong job growth, encouraging people to move here, and historic limited inventory causes prices to rise.”
  http://www.baraonline.com/sites/bara/files/statistics/MIJune2015_0.pdf

Have a question about your home or neighborhood?

Always Happy to help you, family and friends!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 2015 Newsletter

HOME green tips

GREENER HOME GREENER PLANET

– Keep refrigerator well stocked to stay cool.

Plant organic flowers to avoid pesticides linked to the disappearance of bees. Try to get flowers that are native to your area, which grow better with less water, while pollinating insects are more attracted to them.

– Lower water heating costs by turning down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting 120 degrees.

GREENER BITE

– Grill with nontoxic, nonreactive ceramic skillets and spatulas, which can stand temperatures higher than steel, don’t leach trace metal or chemicals, and never scratch. 

PLAN TO SELL? MORE TIPS…

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

– Inspect and make small repairs or update, and touch up interior and exterior paint. Upgrade lighting.

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

**Sell high in a Seller’s market and continue with a low interest rate on your new home before they rise by the end of the year.

DENVER:  Home sales soar in March. March brought 6,247 new listings to the market, a 38 percent increase as compared to last month, and three percent more than this time last year. However, new listings did little to ease the inventory crunch. Eager home buyers quickly scooped up the active inventory and, in the process, sent home sales soaring.
In March 4,140 homes sold, a 46 percent month-over-month increase and one percent higher than compared to this time last year
, http://www.recolorado.com/pages/article?tags=news

BOULDER:  Boulder County home buyers are lining up for less inventory. The number of available houses for sale in the county is at a 10-plus-year low, jolting appreciation, creating bidding wars and pricing some people out in the process, http://www.timescall.com/business/local-business/ci_27614117/hot-housing-market-boulder-county-home-buyers-inventory

Have a question about your home or neighborhood?

Always Happy to help you, family and friends!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 2015 Newsletter

HOME green tips

GREENER HOME GREENER PLANET

Pull weed seedlings now while the ground is moist to avoid more pesky weeds in the summer months. Remove dead annuals and prune back perennials that have new growth.  

– Spring clean home with all-purpose anti-microbial lemon extract (10 drops) and tea tree oil (20 drops) in a quart of water; sprinkle baking soda on musty carpets, sweep it around let it sit a bit, then vacuum it up; clear windows with 2 tsp vinegar and a quart of warm water spray.

– Deodorize and clear the air with a tsp baking soda and 12 drops of anti-bacterial, anti-viral eucalyptus and calming lavender essential oils mixed in an 8 ounce spray bottle of distilled water.

GREENER BITE

– Add colorful, tasty, nutrient rich nasturtiums, pansies, borage, roses and other edible culinary herb flowers to salads.

PLAN TO SELL? MORE TIPS…

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

– Inspect and make small repairs or update, and touch up interior and exterior paint. Upgrade lighting.

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

**Sell high and continue with a low interest rate on your new home before they rise by the end of the year.

DENVER:  Home sales soar in March. March brought 6,247 new listings to the market, a 38 percent increase as compared to last month, and three percent more than this time last year.
However, new listings did little to ease the inventory crunch. Eager home buyers quickly scooped up the active inventory and, in the process, sent home sales soaring. In March 4,140 homes sold, a 46 percent month-over-month increase and one percent higher than compared to this time last year
, http://www.recolorado.com/pages/article?tags=news

BOULDER:  Boulder County home buyers are lining up for less inventory. The number of available houses for sale in the county is at a 10-plus-year low, jolting appreciation, creating bidding wars and pricing some people out in the process, http://www.timescall.com/business/local-business/ci_27614117/hot-housing-market-boulder-county-home-buyers-inventory

Have a question about your home or neighborhood?

Always Happy to help you,
family and friends!
 

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