February 2015 Newsletter

HOME green tips 

GREENER HOME GREENER PLANET

“Show some glass”, use 100% recyclable tough-to-break borosilicate glass PURE bottles and avoid adding to the 3 billion pounds of plastic bottle waste.

– Help save our biggest air cleaners, the trees, when you buy paper goods/products look for mostly recycled.

– Go net zero carbon energy for heating and cooling by retrofitting your house to be really tight. Make a plan over time to double walls, super-seal air leakage, and quadruple insulation, which will help significantly lower your energy bills.

HEALTHY BITES

Make your own Valentine’s Day heart loving 72% dark chocolate fondue dipped cherries/other fruit or snack.

– Try moisturizing/treating dry, cracked hands and fingers with extra virgin coconut oil, used daily.

– Beat a cold and sore throat with a dose of anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal raw unpasteurized honey. Also anti-inflammatory and alkalizing used to treat respiratory congestion, bronchitis and asthma.

PLAN TO SELL OR BUY?

See my Recent Sales
http://greendoorliving.com/associates/kristine-merrill-associate-broker/

– De-clutter, de-personalize, and clean house inside and out to make it sale ready.

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

– Open up each space, including closets. Remove bulky furniture. Stage rooms with color.

LATEST MARKET NEWS

DENVER:  Despite January’s impressive number of new
listings, inventory remains at a record low in the Denver market.
 Indicative of the competitive housing market, sellers saw an extremely quick sales cycle in January. The average days on market remained at just 39 days, 17 days less than January 2014… Since July of last year, the number of available homes on the market has continued to shrink. At the close of January, there were only 5,152 active listings on the market, a four percent decrease over last month and 26 percent less than last year. http://www.recolorado.com/pages/article?tags=news

BOULDER:  As sales remain strong and steady in the Boulder market… The Boulder-area home month-to-month data continues to reflect the effects of low inventory and an economy that’s still finding its footing, but it is performing better than many other markets nationwide, according to Ken Hotard, vice president of public affairs for the Boulder Area Realtor® Association. The inventory of single family homes for sale fell 8.1 percent year over year and 19.6 percent month over month in December, and the attached dwelling market saw inventory decreases of 15.5 percent year over year and 26.9 percent month over month. The fourth quarter of 2014 saw sales of single-family homes dip a barely perceptible 0.035 percent compared with the fourth quarter of 2014, while the sale of condos/townhomes increased 30.1 percent compared with the last three months of 2014. “There’s very strong demand in the market,” Hotard says. “Pricing is reflecting that demand and available homes are in short
supply in most of the markets.” http://www.baraonline.com/news/2015/02/03/january-2015-boulder-area-market-sales-statistics

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 2015 Newsletter

HOME green tips 

GREENER HOME GREENER PLANET

Start the New Year with an air cleansing Peace Lily Spathiphyllum, said to break down and neutralize toxic gases like formaldehyde and carbon monoxide inside its pores.

– Get a pair of bamboo sunglasses sourced from sustainable forests and bamboo scrap that would otherwise go to waste, and support marine wildlife, https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/all-new-seaval-shades

– Support your local school garden and Slow Food Movement, which helps educate communities around the world about choosing “Less Fast Food” and more local “Good, Clean, Fair Food for all”, http://www.slowfoodusa.org/about-us

HEALTHY BITES

Stock up on cortisol lowering dark chocolate and have a piece before stressful events to keep your cool both inside and out.

– Brighten mood during the winter months with turmeric tea, said to be as effective as Prozac, or hemp seeds, berries, probiotics or yogurt, and Brazil nuts.

Snack daily on zinc rich raw pumpkin seeds and ward off the seasons cold and flu.

PLAN TO SELL?

– De-clutter, de-personalize, and clean house inside and out to make it sale ready.

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

– Open up each space, including closets. Remove bulky furniture. Stage rooms with color.

LATEST MARKET NEWS  

DENVER:  Demand Remains Steady which continues to drive sales… Inventory remains tight, as prices continue to increase. In November, 6,566 active listings were on the market in the Denver metro and surrounding area, an 18 percent decrease as compared to last month, and a 27 percent year-over-year decrease. These numbers reflect inventory levels roughly half of what they were just three years ago, http://www.recolorado.com/pages/article?tags=news

BOULDER:  Home Sales Flat, Median Price Increases… Local residential real estate sales continue strong posting a 10 percent gain in September coupled with a 7 percent increase in the median price. For the first nine months of the year home sales are exactly even with last year and the median price is up 4.8 percent… With three quarters of the year completed, the sales are on a pace to match the record of 18,690 homes sold last year but combined with the increase in the median price, the total volume should be right around $6 billion which will be a new record. And, as a reminder, many buyers and sellers think the market dries up over the next few months but almost 40 percent of the annual sales occur from October through March, http://bizwest.com/home-sales-flat-median-price-increases

Have a question about your home or neighborhood? Plan to buy?

Always Happy to help you, your family and friends

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

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