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Home Are Selling Quickly!

by Cory Dudley

 

 

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released their latest Existing Home Sales Report, which revealed that homes were on the market for an average of 28 days in June. This is a slight increase from the 27 days reported in May, but down from 34 days reported a year ago.

54% of homes across the country were on the market for less than a month in June!

 

Among the 27 states with homes selling in 30 days or less are Washington, Utah, California, and Colorado. The map below was created using results from NAR’s Monthly Realtors Confidence Index Survey.

 

Homes Are Selling Quickly Nationwide | MyKCM

 

Bottom Line

Buyer demand is increasing as the inventory of homes available for sale remains low. If you are thinking about listing your home for sale this year, give us a call so we can help you take advantage of current market conditions!

 

 

 

 

Best Solar Eclipse Viewing Parties in Colorado

by Cory Dudley

 

 

 

This coming Monday, August 21st, all of North American will be in for quite the treat; a total solar eclipse will be passing completely from the west to east coast. Though totality is only visible in certain states, Colorado will still receive quite the view. At the very least, this rare event is the perfect opportunity to gather with friends and make a party of it! 

 

Below are Colorado's top 7 solar eclipse viewing parties... 

 

Historic Downtown Littleton and Tavern Littleton Eclipse Party
Tavern Littleton, 2589 W. Main St., Littleton
Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Historic Downtown Littleton and Tavern Littleton are combining efforts to throw quite the viewing party, with members of Arapahoe Community College Astronomy Department present to answer questions. Enjoy free viewing glasses, snacks and drinks!

 

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Declaration Brewing, 2030 S. Cherokee St., Denver
Aug. 21, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Attend Declaration Brewing's event and you'll get two pairs of eclipse viewing glasses and a growler from for only $15. The brewery’s boasts perks such as a 5,000-square-foot beer garden with food trucks, 40 taps, big TVs and various yard games.

 

 

Blue Moon RiNo Eclipse Party with Alice 105.9
Blue Moon RiNo, 3750 Chestnut Place, Denver
Aug. 21 starting at 10 a.m.

Planning to take the day off on Monday? Head downtown to Blue Moon RiNo! They'll be fully equipped with special eclipse viewing glasses and food and drinks specials starting at 10 a.m. Insider tip: Buy any entrée and receive a free adult beverage.

 

Solar Eclipse Party at Space Foundation Discovery Center
4425 Arrowswest Dr., Colorado Springs
Aug. 21, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Event included in regular Discovery Center admission

The Space Foundation Discovery Center will have live feeds shown from many total solar eclipse locations. The viewing glasses they have for sale are ISO Certified and recommended by NASA; $3 each or 2 for $5. This party is family-friendly, too!  The kiddos can enjoy building an eclipse-viewing craft or watching a planetarium show on the Discovery Center’s new inflatable planetarium.

 

 

Fiske Planetarium Solar Telescopes
2414 Regent Dr., Boulder

The majority of the Planetarium staff will be away viewing the full eclipse, but a few solar telescopes will be set up on the lawn outside the Fiske Planetarium front doors and will be staffed by astronomers. Make sure you are prepared with eye protection!

 

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party & Package
Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, 126 Riverfront Lane, Avon
Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon; Rocky Mountain Eclipse Getaway Aug. 20-23
Cost: Getaway package starts at $179 per night

Enjoy this unique experience for the whole weekend leading up to the event. On Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon, the resort is hosting a viewing party on the resort’s beautiful patios. The free event will include educational family activities, like a craft station and free viewing glasses.

The Studio Anjali will also be offering a free community Salute the Sun Yoga Class on the Riverfront Terrace at noon that day, so bring your yoga pants, too!

 

 

The Great American Eclipse 2017 
Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver
Aug. 21 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: All activities are free with general admission

The eclipse will begin in Denver at 10:23 a.m. and finish at 1:14 p.m. Viewing is occurring in Boettcher Plaza from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Families will also love the Eclipsercise in Studios 102 and 103, where you re-create the movements of the moon and Earth with your bodies to help kids understand what is happening during the solar eclipse! Various eclipse-themed activities will be going on all day.

 

 

Green Thumb Guidance - 7 Steps to Xeriscape Gardening

by Cory Dudley

 

Xeriscape (pronounced zera-scape) is a coined term from the Denver Water Department, Colorado State University and Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado used to describe landscaping with water conservation as the main objective.  Xeriscape is a term from the origin “xeros” meaning dry.  Water conservation in the western states has been very important in recent years.  It is thought that 50% of all household water is used for irrigation of turf and plant areas.  Unfortunately, many people think ZEROscaping and rip out all of their sod and replace with a sea of rock.  This is NOT xeric and will create a hotter environment and damage your plants. 

With careful planning, implementation and maintenance you can have a stunning low water landscape!

 

 

  1. Plan - Before you do any landscape improvements you want to first think of a plan.  Take an inventory of the existing site: where are there the greatest exposures to sun?  Are there any slopes?  What are the existing plants and materials?  You can come up with a plan to place certain plants to reduce the amount of water needed in your yard.  You don’t have to rip out your entire landscape, just be mindful of what you can keep and add to improve your site.

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  1. Soil - Colorado tends to have very heavy clay soil that is not a suitable medium for plant growth.  Typically, the clay soil is so dense that water will easily runoff and the plants will not be able to use it.  Add organic matter to improve the nutrient and water holding capacity.  When you are adding a new turf area, take the time to till and amend the soil using good organic matter before you plant - your plants will thank you for this and you will be able to use less water.  Keep water on your site by creating gentle swales with the soil.  This will add interest to you yard while reducing runoff. 

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  1. Turf -  The traditional kentucky bluegrass lawn is the biggest water waster and most time consuming when it comes to maintenance.  Avoid planting narrow strips of grass, islands of grass and lawns against your home - these shapes are hard to water efficiently.  If it’s important for you to have a space to kick the ball around, just be mindful of how much grass you need and the size and shape to reduce the amount of water needed.  There are many low water grasses out there as an alternative to the traditional: CSU Extension: Ornamental Grasses – 7.232  

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  1. Water - A properly installed irrigation system can dramatically reduce in your water bill.  Use your landscape plan to mark out where the sprinkler system should go based on your plant’s water needs.  For trees, shrubs and perennials, it’s best to have a drip line so the plant gets the proper amount of irrigation directly to the root ball with less evaporation. Make sure your turf areas have the correct amount spray and are not overlapping onto sidewalks and hard surfaces - this will lead to a huge amount of water waste.  Water timers, water sensors and rain gauges are just a few examples of technology used with your irrigation system that can help efficiently water your yard.  Hire a professional irrigation designer to modify your current system or install a new one to efficiently water your landscape.

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  1. Plants - Proper plant selection and placement is key to a successful yard.  Use low water plants for our Colorado climate that have been carefully selected for their ability to flourish in your yard with limited amounts of water.  Check out Plant Select to discover beautiful plants that will thrive in your yard.

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  1. Mulch - Properly mulched yards can improved the soil, reduce the weeds and reduce water useage.  Adding organic material to improve the soil and adding a 3”-4” layer of wood chips looks beautiful but will also break down and improve the nutrient content of the soil.  Adding wood mulch around your trees and shrubs will cool the surrounding areas and help reduce evaporation when you water your plants.  If weeds are a major concern in your yard, add weed barrier fabric and a layer of mulch on top.  Decorative rock can also be used in high wind areas but can increase the surrounding temperature.

  1. Maintenance - Maintenance is required to keep your xeriscape garden happy and healthy.  Pruning and weeding will be needed in garden beds to maintain the health of your plants. When mowing your lawn, grass clippings can be mulched in your grass to add back nutrients.  It is important to water your new xeric plants until they get established - usually about 1-2 years.  Use organic maintenance methods to improve the soil, keep beneficial insects and reduce runoff waste in your area.

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It’s important to conserve our precious resource here along the Colorado Front Range but it’s also important to have a beautiful landscape that you love and can enjoy.  These steps will help you cut your water bill and help improve the environment around you. Check out your favorite local nursery for material and plant ideas and for more inspiration the Denver Botanic Gardens and Plant Select.

 

 

 

Kristen Whitehead, owner of Helios Landscape Design, writes featured blog posts for our monthly newsletter on everything plant-related! She's happy to guide you in your next garden design effort.

 

 

 

Motivational Monday - "Words of Wilderness"

by Cory Dudley

 

Thank you to Pete McBride and Vital Films for creating this beautiful tribute to the wilderness of the United States in honor of the Wilderness Act's 50th Anniversary. 

 

"We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope.."

Wallace Stegner

 

 

 

 

Looking for the perfect retreat in Old Town Longmont? Look no further than 203 Judson Street! This 1932 cottage flawlessly combines classic charm and modern flair, giving it quite the stylish and contemporary look.

 

 

An enclosed front porch highlights the curb appeal and creates a cozy spot for your morning coffee or a neighborhood 'porch club' meetup! 

 

 

 

Original, refinished pine wood flooring make for a beautiful contrast to the contemporary palette inside. 

 

 

The free standing fireplace in the corner creates a truly cozy sitting area, where friends and family could gather on a winter day and enjoy the smell of pine throughout the home. 

 

 

Your oversized master bedroom is truly a retreat to be enjoyed, with tons of natural light and access to the outside deck. Utilize the corner office nook with built in shelving and space for a laptop! 

 

 

 

 

Right off the master bedroom you'll find a full bathroom that's been completely renovated with custom cabinetry and engineered flooring

 

 

Welcome to the sunny and bright kitchen! New stainless steel appliances and a Chef's gas grill mean you can cook up a storm for close friends or for date night. The eat-in dining space is a creative solution to make this cozy space feel welcoming to all....

 

 

 

The 2nd room can be used as an office space, 2nd bedroom or as a dining room! 

 

 

It's location on a roomy corner lot allows for fencing to be added if you so desired, or gives room to enjoy as-is. The mature landscaping provides a wonderful mix of sun and shade under fruit trees, and perennial beds to admire from the comfort of a just-right deck...

 

 

Visit our experienced Buyer's Agents, Christa and Sarah Jo

at the OPEN HOUSE this weekend!

August 12th & 13th

11 am - 2 pm

Get in touch with us if you'd like to see this home or others like it. If you simply can't wait until then, click on the virtual tour below...

 

 

 

 

Cory feels blessed and honored to be a top producing, full-time real estate broker and business owner in  beautiful Colorado. He gives everything he has to fulfilling his client’s dreams of home ownership - and it’s a privilege he doesn’t take lightly. 

Cory can be reached by mobile at 303.641.8597 or email at cory@justlistedcolo.com. 

 

Millenials Homeownership Rates Increasing

by Cory Dudley

 

 

Recent headlines exclaimed the homeownership rate, as reported by the Census Bureau, rose again in the second quarter of 2017. What didn’t get much attention in the reports is that the homeownership rate for American households under the age of 35 increased a full percentage point from last quarter’s 34.3% to 35.3%. Millennials proved to have the highest increase of any age group.

This came as a surprise to some considering Millennials have come to be known as the “renter” generation. However, a new study by First American, 6 Trends Poised to Reshape Homeownership Demand, revealed reasons why homeownership numbers will continue to increase for Millennials.

 

Millennials are the most educated generation in the U.S.

Why does that matter? First American explains:

“Our model shows that, all other factors being equal, the likelihood of homeownership increases by 3 percent for those that earn a bachelor’s degree over those with a high school degree. The likelihood of homeownership jumps another 3 percent for those that earn a graduate degree.

The more educated, the better the likelihood for homeownership. And, as we mentioned: Millennials are the most educated generation in the U.S.

 

Homes & marriage go together

Marriage is a key determinate in homeownership. According to an analysis by First American, the homeownership rate is 30% higher among married couples compared to non-married households.

Millennials have put off marriage in the pursuit of higher education. As this group ages, more and more will marry and purchase a home.

 

Parents buy houses

According to the study:

“The homeownership rate is 1.7% higher for households with one or two children compared to households with no children, and it is 5.4 percent higher for households with three or more children.”

The report goes on to say that as Millennials grow older there may be an increase in not just marriage but also in married couples with children. That will probably also create a “corresponding” increase in homeownership demand.

 

Wages and the economy

The study goes on to explain that recent gains in income growth and a strengthening economy will also help all generations (including Millennials) be more willing and able to purchase a new home.

 

Bottom Line

We guess the time has come to announce – Here come the Millennials!!

 

Motivational Monday - "The Honeymoon Is Over"

by Cory Dudley

 

"I think it's good enough to just be passionate about something that you really care about, regardless of what this is. It doesn't need to be some complicated, deep thing... You're just lucky that you have something you're that psyched about and that passionate about." 

- Josh Wharton 

 

Colorado-based climber, Madaleine Sorkin, is considered one of a few women in North America who are highly active in the styles of adventurous and challenging free-climbing.. And just last fall she became the first woman (and 5th person ever) to redpoint the infamous Longs Peak Route, The Honeymoon Is Over.

 

"Sometimes you have to get more insecure than you want to in the end." 

- Madaleine Sorkin 

 

The Honeymoon Is Over is among the most difficult high-altitude rock climbs in the world, and is considered the most difficult route up the Longs Peak Diamond. It's unique in the sense that you are climbing at such a high altitude while tackling an equally difficult climb - even before the altitude is factored in. Hiking in can take 3 to 4 hours on it's own, which most people choose to do very early in the morning. For those of us familiar with Colorado weather, summers can bring thunderstorms in the blink of an eye; as a result, the route itself is often wet and the weather can be extremely unpredictable... Though it required several failed or partial attempts to tackle, she didn't give up. 

 

"Actually failing doesn't feel that different from anything else. Thinking about failing or feeling like a failure - those feel terrifying." 

- Madaleine Sorkin 

 

With each attempt and failure, she was forced to muster deep for perseverance, and recall on her passion to reach the top. Check out the video below to witness how Sorkin approached the challenge and then achieved her goal! 

 

(Video Credit: Outdoor Research & Henna Taylor) 

 

 

Local Events this Weekend

by Cory Dudley

 

We've compiled a short list of activities that you can dive into over the weekend, in Longmont and Boulder. The forecast is showing lots of rain in the upcoming week, so you may want to keep things flexible.

 

 

Friday, August 4th 

 

2nd Roost Block Party - The Roost - 6 to 10 pm - FREE

Head to The Roost for their 2nd block party event! Bonnie & the Clydes will be performing alongside Francis and the Wolf. Adults can enjoy the beer garden and the whole family can grab dinner while the music plays.

EcoCreations8 - Arts Longmont, 356 Main St - 11 am to 5 pm - FREE

The open reception for Arts Longmont's current exhibit is tonight from 6 to 9 pm. At 7 pm their will be an artist talk with drinks, snacks, and like minded company. 22 artists from around the country have submitted art that showcases discarded items such as pine cones, plastic bags and bicycle chains. Come and be inspired!

Mediterranean Tapas - Food Lab, 1825 Pearl St - 6:30 to 9:30 pm - $79/person

Join Food Lab for Mediterranean cuisine! On the menu will be dolma, cauliflower rice greek salad, carrot tahini slaw and kefta. 

The Grant Daniel Reed Band - The Laughing Goat, 1709 Pearl St - 9 to 11 pm - $5 tip encouraged

See the Grant Daniel Reed Band as they play a mix of covers and originals at the Laughing Goat in Boulder. The $5 tip is encouraged but not required; a portion of the donations help to bring fresh water to African villages.

 

Saturday, August 5th

 

​Leftapalooza Mile High Tribute Band Competition - Roosevelt Park - 12 to 10 pm

Back for the 7th year, 8 of Colorado's best tribute bands perform for the masses! Left Hand Brewing Company creates a music and craft beer experience like no other, right in the heart of local Longmont. There will be plenty of food and craft beer for everyone, and a Kid Zone for the younger members of the family.

Thin Air Burlesque: Comedy Cabaret - Dickens Opera House - 7 pm - $12 tickets

Whether you've been to a burlesque show or not, this is one you shouldn't miss! Burlesque meets stand up comedy for a unique experience. Due to content, the show is for 18 years and older.

Boulder Saturday Farmers Market - Central Park - 8 am to 2 pm - FREE

Shop various artisan and farm booths while enjoying live music. Make a day of it but please, leave the four-legged family members at home. 

 

Sunday, August 6th

 

"Footloose: The Musical" - Jesters Dinner Theatre - 6 pm - ​$15 or $30/person

The Jesters Dinner Theatre offers show-goers the opportunity to either enjoy just the show or dinner first and then the show. The student production of "Footloose: The Musical" promises to be a great show - don't miss out!

Restorative Cider Yoga with Kevin Flynn - St. Vrain Cidery, 350 Terry St - 10 to 11 am - $8/person

Bring your yoga mat, blanket and a preparedness to restore your mind and body. This class offers a practice for people of all ages, bodies and levels of yoga experience. Hidden perk - the price includes a 4oz pour of cider!

 

Rocky Mountain National Park Series - Become a Park Podcaster!

by Cory Dudley

 

 

 

 

With more people, families and groups venturing into Rocky Mountain National Park than ever before, you may be wondering how park rangers, staff and volunteers do it...

How do they keep all the pieces in place?

What challenges do they face?

And how can I help?

Thanks to Miles Barger, a visual information specialist for Rocky Mountain National Park, you can now learn so much more about the park and all the people who look after it. Throughout his career in park services, he has been constantly reminded of the deep love and curiosity that visitors have for national parks and wild places - but it isn't just about the wilderness itself. When it comes to national parks, visitors develop the same feelings for the people that look after them! With that in mind, Barger and his coworker Hope Ozolins created a team and a structure for a brand new podcast called Rocky Mountain National Podcast.

Listeners will enjoy 10 episodes per season, each one an hour long. The first season's focus will be on different park personnel, starting with some of the most beloved to park visitors; rangers and other educational and interpretive program leaders. He discusses things like why they became involved in national parks, what they do within Rocky Mountain National Park and some of the unique knowledge they impart on others. Personal stories blend with park information, news & updates, and specific information on planning a trip to the park. 

 

"We are always looking for ways to reach other audiences and new tools to give people the information they want about the park," Kyle Patterson, spokesperson for RMNP, said.

 

 

Barger hopes to continue evolving the podcast to include a mini-series within the main season; shorter segments that focus on something more specific, like a research project or a current concern. The first 4 episodes are out already - take a listen for yourself!

 

 

Season 1, Episode 1: A Love of the Mountains with Kathy Brazelton

Join Kathy Brazelton, an East District Naturalist, in the Upper Beaver Meadows, as she shares her life as a ranger, ranger programs, various signs of spring and more.

Season 1, Episode 2Chillin' in the Alpine with Cynthia Langguth

​Ranger Cynthia Langguth teaches us about the interesting world of the alpine tundra. She'll teach about marmots, pika, ptarmigan and everything else in the land above the tree line... 

Season 1, Episode 3: Gettin' Wild on Rocky's West Side

Explore all that the West Side of Rocky Mountain National Park has to offer with rangers Maci MacPherson and Michele Simmons!

Season 1, Episode 4: With Kyle Patterson

What does the Public Affairs Officer for RMNP actually do? Join Kyle Patterson and explore what he does, day in and day out; sharing news and messages, dealing with current issues at the park, and even how you can help keep the park beautiful for generations to come.  

 

Motivational Monday - Improve Self-Awareness in 4 Steps

by Cory Dudley

 

"The greatest explorer on this earth never takes voyages as long as those of the man who descends to the depth of his heart."

- Julien Green 

 

You too can improve your self awareness! Like anything else worth doing, it takes discipline; but the reward is worth the effort. Below are 4 easy habits anyone can develop to become a more conscious, highly evolved individual! Spread the word and watch the world change around you..

 

 

1.) Mindful Meditation 

In order to better understand how you react with the world around you, you must first explore your mind on a much deeper level. Scientific studies are constantly discovering the many benefits of committing to and cultivating a meditation practice, both to an individual's physical and psychological well-being. Meditation can provide an inward gaze; one that helps you become more conscious of your personality traits, habits and emotions. 

Try this: Start with just a 10-minute session every day and increase it weekly by a couple minutes. Before you know it, you'll have implemented a 30-minute meditation session into your daily routine! If you have difficulty sticking to something on your own, try an app such as Headspace; it helps guide you and remind you to take time for yourself each day. 

 

2.) Monitor your Self Talk

We all have that loop going in our minds, and while it can be near impossible to put it on pause for any length of time (see #1 above!), you do need to monitor what it's saying. Do you talk down to yourself? I'm so stupid, I can't do anything right, Why am I such a failure! Even brief negative self-talk can quickly spiral into something much more serious and detrimental. 

Try this: Ask yourself this - how do you respond to your failures and successes? Use this to determine what your tendency is for self compassion versus criticism and judgement. Focus on celebrating your successes, and forgiving your failures.

 

3.) Know Your Personality Type

It can be very empowering to know what type of personality you have any how you tend to react to opportunities and threats, as well as what you consider to be your natural strengths and weaknesses. A SWOT analysis is something that everyone can benefit from, and many of them can be done for free or very little financial investment! 

Try this: Take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test for an overview of your you approach and interpret your day to day life (you can download an example of the comprehensive report you'll receive HERE). If you're looking for a more affordable option, an SWOT analysis is a good start! 

 

 

4.) Start a Journal

Once you've got a reflective meditation routine down and you're familiar with your personality traits, a journal should come quite naturally. Your thoughts and thought process truly do matter! They can provide a snapshot into your life at different moments in time, and a clear sign of your growth thought the years. Words do have very real meaning, and it can be healing to see on paper how much negativity and positivity you let into your life - and reflect. 

Try this:  Start your own journal or invest in any of these journals that focus on mindfulness and provide the framework to take those first steps. 

 

 

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Cory Dudley
The Winning Team Real Estate Group
522 Kimbark St
Longmont CO 80501
Mobile: (303) 641-8597
Office: (303) 776-4004
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