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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 2015 Newsletter

HOME green tips

GREENER HOME GREENER PLANET

Fill low areas in the yard or next to the foundation with compacted soil. Spring rains can cause yard flooding, which can lead to foundation flooding and damage, and insect infestation.

– Harvest spring rains with a rain barrel and save up to 1300 gallons of water and usage during the summer months, while enriching your lawn, garden and plants.

– Consider installing energy saving seasonal awnings and reduce heat gain up to 65% in south facing windows and 77% in the east. Awnings can also help protect furniture, floors and rugs from sun damage.

HEALTHY BITE
– Snack on a handful of anti-inflammatory, high in vitamin E, magnesium rich sunflower seeds for a daily calm.

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:  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:  Hot housing market: 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 2015 Newsletter

HOME green tips

GREENER HOME GREENER PLANET

As we head into spring… check those gutters. Look for loose or leaky ones. Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear and free of debris. Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawl
space.

– Have home evaluated to reduce water waste, many water companies will come to your home and do this for you.

– Fix grout in walkways or patios to avoid accidents, tripping hazards.

HEALTHY BITE

– Snack on energizing bananas, avocados, spinach, almonds and oranges to fight spring forward fatigue.

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.

See my Sold Homes link:
http://greendoorliving.com/associates/kristine-merrill-associate-broker/

LATEST DENVER/BOULDER MARKET NEWS

DENVER:  Motivated by increasing home values, sellers brought 4,537 new listings to the market in February, a 14 percent increase as compared to last month and a four percent year-over-year increase. The new inventory was quickly scooped up by buyers eager to make purchases, which kept sales strong. The number of properties that sold in February was up 13 percent as compared to last month. Additionally, the number of homes that went under contract was up 15 percent month over month and saw a seven percent year-over-year increase, http://www.recolorado.com/pages/article?tags=news

BOULDER:  Hot housing market: 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