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As someone who loooooooves scented candles, but tends to be sensitive to synthetic fragrances, Magic Fairy Candles is a pure joy (pun intended)! Kim Sorden, Owner and scent genius, creates her own scents and pours all of the candles onsite.

Located at 634 Main St. in Longmont, Magic Fairy Candles is a little off the main drag of downtown shops, but it's an absolute treasure! Filled with holiday scents from essential oils and pure fragrances - you'll be in heaven! The entire interior is a fairy land, with chirping birds, vines lining the ceiling, trinkets, journals, ornaments, goofy socks... You'll just need to stop in!

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The hardest part about shopping at Magic Fairy Candles is not buying something for yourself! Happy Holiday! Cheers to shopping Local!!!

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What Is The Cost Of Waiting Until Next Year To Buy?

by Cory Dudley

Over the course of the last 12 months, home prices have appreciated by 7.0%. In that same amount of time, interest rates have remained low allowing many buyers to enter the market.

As a Seller, you may be concerned about ‘short-term price’ – where home values are headed over the next six months. As a Buyer, however, your attention may be more focused on the ‘long-term cost’ of the home.

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae all project that mortgage interest rates will increase in 2018. According to CoreLogic’s most recent Home Price Index Report, home prices will appreciate by 4.7% over the next 12 months.

What Does This Mean as a Buyer?
If home prices appreciate by 4.7% over the next twelve months, here is a simple chart of the impact an increase in interest rate would have on the mortgage payment of a home selling for approximately $250,000 today:

Bottom Line
If buying a home is in your plan for 2018, doing it sooner rather than later could significantly save you thousands over the terms of your loan.

Rocky Mountain National Park - Current Conditions

by Christa Marsh

Thinking about making a trip to the park over the holiday, but unsure on conditions? What footwear do we need? Should we bring snowshoes? Is sledding open at Hidden Valley? Is the sun shining up there? I wonder what the trails are like? Look no further! :)


No excuses, head on up to Rocky! No matter what you end up doing or what the weather is like, you're bound to have an adventure, but now you can feel a little more prepared!

Weather Forecast ... psst... it's going to snow!!!!!!

National Weather Service

Many of us are more visual, RMNP has a number of Webcams

National Park Service

Check the trail conditions and come prepared. If you're planning on getting out on the trails, you're most likely going to need snowshoes or foot traction. Remember, you can rent snowshoes and other gear locally at the Estes Park Mountain Shop or The Warming House

If you're like me, you like chatting with someone about your plans. Through the winter, the RMNP Information Office is open 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Give them a call and they can help you to ensure you have a successful trip to the park! 970-586-1206

Winter Birding in RMNP

by Christa Marsh

Approximately 280 bird species have been reported in Rocky Mountain National Park and the surrounding area over the last 100 years. It has such a diverse and abundant bird population, that it's designated as a Global Important Bird Area!

While some species are just passing through, many of these feathered friends can and do choose to stick around for the winter. Birding is a wonderful RMNP winter activity and all you need is patience and a quiet location. Step it up with a good pair of binoculars, some cocoa and a cozy blanket! A few favorite birding spots in the park are: Endovalley, Moraine Park, Wild Basin, Trail Ridge Road, Upper Beaver Meadows, Lumpy Ridge, Cow Creek and Bear lake Road.

For a complete list of species observed in RMNP visit RockyMountainNationalPark.com's Birding Page.

Let's get started identifying some of our hearty avian species that enjoy the snow and chilly mountain weather as much as we do!

A favorite for me because they transform to white after they molt their brown feathers in the fall. The White-Tailed Ptarmigan lives at higher elevations (at and above tree line) in the summer, but in the winter they stay lower (at or below tree line) where snow is available for roosting.



Photo Credit: NPS


The Gray Jay is another winter favorite. They puff up to stay warm and are quite social! Gray Jays live in Colorado's subalpine forests. An interesting factoid about Gray Jays- they nest in the late winter rather than Spring and mated pairs stay together all year!


Photo Credit: NPS

Okay, head on up to the park this weekend and find these fluffy, winter birdies. Share your photos and hike locations on our Facebook page @TheWinningTeamRealEstateGroup!

 

 

Just SOLD! 108 Bowen, Longmont, CO

by Cory Dudley

The Winning Team Real Estate group at Old Town Real Estate Co just closed on another Historic Old Town property.


The Listing Agent was our Broker Owner, Cory Dudley, an 18 year veteran of the Real Estate industry. “I had the pleasure of, and a lot of fun helping my Sellers market this cute cottage. We took advantage of well-timed Social media seeding, Front page local advertising, Open House and Virtual tours with professional photography.” 

Right now is an exceptional time to market certain properties... others may fair better waiting until Spring. Let one of our team members help you decide by personally evaluating your home.

 

Cory gives everything he has to fulfilling his client's dreams of home ownership - and it's a privilege he doesn't take lightly.

Cory is proud and honored to have served this community for the last 18 years as a full-time real estate broker and owner of Old Town Real Estate. It brings him pride to know that people come to him as a trusted adviser when selecting a home in Boulder County and specifically in our beloved Old Town neighborhoods.

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

 

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY - JOURNEY TO THE MOUNTAIN LIFE, PART 3

by Cory Dudley

The San Juan mountains are a rugged range in southwest Colorado and northwest New Mexico. Towns like Telluride, Ouray, and Silverton are nestled among these beauties. The forests, rivers, peaks, geological diversity and varied landscapes make the San Juan mountains and national forest an absolute treasure and once you're there, you really don't want to leave!

Stio, a cool little clothing company out of Jackson Hole, Wyoming put together a sweet little video series called "A San Juan Story".  Here's the final of three videos in A San Juan Story, Road to the Mountain Life by Oliver Sutro. All it took was one ski season in Telluride and a new life in the Rocky Mountain West was born!

Part 3: The Journey

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Holiday Fun this Weekend! Longmont Lights Holiday Festival & Parade

by Cory Dudley

The City of Longmont presents the 2017 Longmont Lights Holiday Festival and Parade!

Friday and Saturday Evening at 5PM
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Fireworks starting a 7:45 on Friday!!!!


Enjoy holiday crafts and activities under sparkling lights and sounds of the holiday season!

Check out the calendar of activities on the Longmont Lights Facebook Page


 

Christa's HOT PICK for the week! Estes Park Winter Getaway

by Cory Dudley

Beautiful Estes Park Mountain Getaway. Perfect for Holidays in the Mountains!

 ~ Listed at $469,000 ~

2616 Sunrise Ct. in Estes Park, Colorado

Hardwood Floors throughout, a cozy woodstove, open floor plan...
A great base camp for Rocky Mountain adventures. 



Views of Longs Peak and Lumpy Ridge


A quiet setting close to town. Wildlife viewing at its best!

Call us to check it out or send it to your friends looking for a mountain getaway in Colorado!


As our Lead Buyer's Agent, Christa loves the entire journey of helping Buyers find their perfect home. Professionalism, communication and strong business skills allow her and her clients to rise to the top in this competitive market place.

Christa is a REALTOR® and Lead Buyer's Agent for The Winning Team Real Estate Group. As an Old Town resident, Christa has knowledge of the market and strong relationships in the Real Estate community. With a Sales and Business background and family experience in both Commercial and Residential Contracting, Christa is a well-rounded and informed Full-Time Agent.

In between showings and Closings, Christa enjoys caring for her home in the Historic Westside of Longmont, and playing in the mountains- trail running, skiing and biking. Christa brings 100% to all she does especially to her work! 

Contact Christa to see this Listing, talk about other homes on the market, or just chat about real estate plans.
303-913-9698 or christa@justlistedcolo.com

Listed by: Dave Kiser at REMAX Mountain Brokers

 

Let it Snow! in Rocky Mountain National Park

by Cory Dudley



Photo Credit: NPS/Ann Schonlau

The west side of the park received a little snow!
1-2 inches throughout the valley. The snow will arrive, so it's time to plan some fun RMNP adventures! 

What to do in the park this winter?

* Before heading out, check snow, avalanche and trail conditions.

Snowshoeing
Snowshoeing is a great activity for winter exploring. Snowshoes, warm boots and some poles and you're off! Most park trails are open to snowshoeing. An entirely different experience is had when winter adventuring in the mountains.

Cross-country Skiing
Ready to step it up and cover more ground? Cross-country skiing is also an option throughout the park. Some trails are steeper, so chat with a park ranger prior to heading out to ensure an enjoyable and safe excursion.

Sledding!
The former Hidden Valley Ski Area is your spot! It's the one place in the park where sledding is allowed. Sledding takes place on the old bunny slope area, so it's a gentle grade. Bring your own sled and walk on up. There's a warming hut and bathrooms at the base. 

Ranger-Led Snowshoe or Ski Programs
Did you know RMNP has free Ranger-Led Programs? Reservations are required. Learn more here: Ranger-Led Programs

Wildlife Watching
Winter is such a beautiful time to look for wildlife, everything shows up better against a snowy backdrop. Many park roads are open and allow for a warm, easy tour by car. Look for moose on the west side, elk and mule deer, bighorn sheep, coyotes and a number of winter bird species. 

Needing equipment?
Both Estes Park and Grand Lake have shops where you can rent winter equipment. The following sites give options for rental locations: Visit Estes Park | Visit Grand County

Our Precious Public Lands Continue to be Threatened

by Cory Dudley

We are heartbroken by yesterday's news of President Trump's decision to reduce the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. This is the largest elimination of protected lands in America's history. 

Learn how to take action here.

We all need to do our part and tell the Administration that they don't have the right to take these lands away from us.

 

 

 

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